The excitement level at the roasting facility always rises when we receive a large, white envelope (or box) filled to the brim with green coffee samples. This white envelope represents a great potential; it represents the great potential for amazing coffee. Needless to say, when said white envelope arrived from Hacienda La Esmeralda in
For those of you who are unaware of the significance of samples from Hacienda La Esmeralda, let me fill you in on a little bit of the back-story. In 1996 the Peterson Family bought a coffee farm in the Jaramillo region of
Back to the samples… During the last 2 years, the Petersons have withheld their Esmeralda Special from the Best of Panama competition in order to give other farmers a chance. Instead of using the Best of Panama competition and auction to sell their coffee, they have created their own auction system, dividing their Geisha variety coffee into separate batches that represent different parts of the farm, different altitudes and different harvest times.
Last week, we roasted and cupped this year’s Esmeralda Special harvest samples, and we were blown away. We do not want to give away too many specifics, but we were very happy with this year’s harvest. Most of the batches that we cupped were bursting with flavor. There were beautiful floral notes abounding. Strawberry, bright orange citrus and peach highlight these coffees. It looks like we will have another year of astounding Esmeralda Special. The auction is coming soon, May 19th, and we will keep you updated about which batches we purchase and when we expect them to arrive. If you would like to watch the auction live, go to http://coffee.stoneworks.com/auction/index.cfm on May 19th.
You can also learn more about this coffee by visiting their website, here.