Panama Esmeralda Portón Geisha Natural


Panama Esmeralda Portón Geisha Natural

Monday Roast
jasmine - black cherry - nectarine

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*MONDAY ROAST. This coffee is a MONDAY ROAST and it will be ROASTED. Please order by Sunday, 11:59 pm PST, to be placed on the roast queue to receive that week’s roast. Monday roasts are only roasted on Mondays. If your order contains other coffees, your entire order will be held to ship together once Monday roast has been roasted.


REGION: Alto Quiel     FARM:  Hacienda La Esmeralda - El Velo     FARMERS:  Peterson Family
ALTITUDE:  1763 M     VARIETAL:   Geisha     PROCESS:  Natural     ROAST:  Medium | Light


Portón SN Batch 49 is a part of the Esmeralda Special Reserve, an award-winning coffee collection that has garnered continuous international prizes since we first introduced it fifteen years ago. It is sold by direct trade, outside of the Esmeralda Auction, in small quantities. At Esmeralda they 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. To produce Portón SN Batch 49, we use only recycled water, sourced from the highlands near our mill. Proceeds from this coffee have gone to such programs as a school for our pickers' children during harvest with hot meals; a supply of rice, beans, and sardines for all harvesters and their families while they live on the farm; and a bi-annual bonus of at least 30%.


El Velo is the newest of Hacienda La Esmeralda’s farms, purchased in 2012. This 50 hectares farm is the only one that is flattened out into rows. The farm is planted with Geisha and Catuai varieties in production, as well as tiny lots of more exotics varieties like Laurina, Pacamara, Mocca and SL28, along with some 400+ other accessions obtained from CATIE as part of a long-term exploration of commercial viability.


Esmeralda Special Geisha is a collection of high elevation Geisha (1,600 – 1,800 masl) with cupping scores of over 90 points. Coming mostly from our Jaramillo and Cañas Verdes farms, Esmeralda Special Geisha lots are invariably the highest quality Geishas we sell. 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 sing brightest. Esmeralda Special Geisha is available both washed and natural processed and ranges in size all the way down to less than one bag of green coffee. Therefore, extra care must be taken to process these small amounts.


Harvesting is the challenging art of picking just the ripest coffee cherries from the coffee trees, while making sure not to disturb any under-ripe cherries that have not yet developed their full flavor potential.


This attention to details requires concentration and commitment from our pickers. Because of the premium we receive from our Geisha coffees, we are able to pay our harvesters three times the standard price, ensuring that their livelihood is sustainable and their work is immaculate.


Careful harvesting is a critical step in producing high quality coffee with complex taste profiles. If beans are picked unripe their full potential will not be unlocked, and even a few beans can substantially affect the flavor profile of our microlots. This sensitivity has become apparent to us thanks to our rigid lot separation, another aspect of our careful approach to harvesting. By carefully dividing each lot as it is picked, we can target specific clusters of trees and times of harvesting with high accuracy, allowing us to build unique microlots for our most quality-conscious buyers.


The farm is planted from 1,650-1,900 masl, though the land continues up the mountain all the way to 2,900 masl, where there is a nature reserve home to the famous Quetzal and other endangered birds.