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Hacienda La Esmeralda / Leon Gesha Washed

Blue Label
Lavender, Pomegranate, Candied Ginger

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This washed gesha underwent a fermentation with Cima yeast, creating a luscious and fruit-forward cup layered with floral tones. Aromas of blackberry and hibiscus lead to notes of pomegranate, candied ginger, and lavender when brewed. Lemon curd acidity and a silky body resolve into a eucalyptus-tinged finish. 

This coffee is available whole bean in 8-ounce Blue Label tube packaging and roasts on Tuesdays only.


Producer: Hacienda La Esmeralda
Farm: Cañas Verdes
Region: Boquete, Panama
Altitude: 5,495 feet
Varietal: Gesha
Process: Washed with Cima Yeast Fermentation
Roast: Light
Notes: Lavender, Pomegranate, Candied Ginger

The Story

In 2004, the Peterson family at Hacienda La Esmeralda decided to separate lots based on their location on the farm, and kept them separated throughout processing. By doing so, the Petersons were able to isolate the cup profile of the Gesha variety, experiencing the juicy acidity and multi-layered aromatics that it has to offer. A common practice today, this decision to separate lots was progressive and experimental at the time.

This experimental spirit led the Petersons to start trialing Scott Lab' Lalcafe yeasts during the fermentation period of processing. One particular strand of yeast, Cima, is known for its ability to enhance brightness, citrus notes, and mouthfeel. After depulping the coffee cherries, the seeds are added to a fermentation vessel where they're inoculated with Cima yeast and allowed to ferment for 45 hours, after which they are rinsed and moved to patios to dry for 5 days.

Direct Trade

From the producers, Hacienda La Esmeralda:

"At Esmeralda we hand-pick the ripest, reddest cherries. Our careful attention ensures an elegant and complex cup, with notes of jasmine, stone fruit and bergamot. Nurtured in the volcanic soils of Boquete and sprinkled with the mists of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, this is an exceptional Esmeralda Geisha.

"Cañas Verdes has a distinct three to four months dry season, but even then the air is cool. Half of Cañas Verdes is part of the original Peterson holdings purchased in 1967, with the land first dedicated to pasture of beef and, later, dairy cattle. There had been coffee grown in the area, with a few households up in this hard to reach region. After 2004, the Peterson family began purchasing smaller lots around the original Cañas Verdes farm."

La Esmeralda's industry-leading environmental sustainability practices and support for its employees and their families have made us proud to partner with the Peterson family for many years. Learn more about their sustainability efforts on their website.

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This coffee will be produced once a week, on Tuesdays. All coffee and merchandise in your order will be produced and shipped on the same day unless you specify otherwise in the Order Notes section of your shopping cart. Please see our Shipping FAQs for more details.

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