In 2002, the son Daniel noticed that the coffee bushes in a particular valley produced coffee of a remarkable quality. These superior coffee beans were sold separately as Esmeralda Special. Though altitude presents challenges for growing and harvesting, it is up in the mountains of Boquete that the unique floral and citrus aromatics of geisha coffee shine brightest. Because of these unique circumstances, only fifty to hundred bags are produced a year. The 2016 crops from Hacienda La Esmeralda, an old coffee farm in Boquete, Panama and an exclusive crop with cupping scores of over 90 points. This coffee has held the record for being the most expensive coffee sold at an auction three times and Mike has gotten a hold of some of these exquisite beans just for you. The same lot Todd Goldsworthy used to win the Brewers Cup in 2016. It offers the unique aroma of chocolate strawberries, with flavors of blackberries, sugar cane, and rose hips. Nectarine acidity, a juicy body, and the aftertaste of peach makes this complex cup of coffee one of the most unique and decadent roasts we've ever had. This unique coffee from the rare Geisha botanical coffee plant is produced in Panama and has won many awards and even called "God in a cup" by one of the jurors for the ‘Best of Panama’ 2016 competition. Esmeralda Private Collection coffees exhibit the classic aromatics that have made people from all over the world fall in love with Geisha coffee: floral, fruity, high citric acidity, bold cup and juicy body. Every coffee in Hacienda La Esmeralda is picked at the absolute peak of ripeness, and this in combination with Esmeralda Private Collection’s high altitude leads to a sweet, bright, delicious cup. During natural process, harvested coffee goes directly to the patio to be put to dry. The fruit of the cherry slowly dries out with the coffee bean itself still inside, infusing the bean with fruit and aromatic notes that carry through all the way to the cup. We let the cherry dry to an even level. Depending on the weather and the composition of the lot, the coffee will dry for 3 to 5 on the concrete patio (8 hours per day). After it has reached a sufficient dryness, we rotate the lot into one of our Guardiola driers for 72 hours to round out the drying process and prevent fermentation. After drying is complete, the coffee beans are mechanically separated from the remaining fruit material. The Private Collection from Cañas Verdes, the Hacienda La Esmeralda is natural process, an old coffee farm in Boquete, Panama and an exclusive crop with cupping scores of over 90 points. This farm produced the most expensive coffee sold at an auction three times. The farm jumps up from rolling hills on its lower part to steep 40 degree inclines higher up, making harvesting a manual and challenging affair. There had been coffee planted on the lower parts of the farm, as many as 15 different sub-varieties, little hybrids out of Costa Rica and Brazil, and in 1997 the Peterson family decided to plant higher up. It is these high altitudes that really make the Geisha‚ bright, floral aromatics express themselves. With cooler temperatures and massive shade trees that have been standing for ages, it turns out that Jaramillo is the perfect place for this variety to have landed. To this day many of our top performing micro-lots of Geisha coffee come from little patches on the slopes of Jaramillo. Esmeralda Private Collection is grown at Jaramillo, Quiel and Cañas Verdes farms at 1,600 – 1,800 masl. Esmeralda Private Collection is where to look for dependable, consistent Geisha coffee quality. Private Collection lots are made up of a blend of micro-lots from our Geisha producing farms, selected for the signature taste of high-altitude Geisha coffees. 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.