We’re afraid (well actually we’re pretty damn excited) to announce that Geisha Fever has struck again!
Geisha Fever, if you haven’t experienced it before, is an experience of euphoria brought on by the lush tropical fruits & classic sweet tangerine flavours of the rare geisha variety. Symptoms we’ve noted include repeated smelling of the coffee, trance-like behaviour while drinking the coffee, distracted behaviour around the coffee, as well as lip-smacking, sighing and so on.
This particular strain can be traced back to Hacienda La Esmeralda in Boquete, Panama, where the Peterson family have been producing their award-winning geisha since 2004. Sold at auction every year in May, this year only 8 x 22Kg boxes of this coffee from the famous Finca Mario were available.
But that’s not all – our box is NATURAL.
Every year the Peterson family selects a very small amount of coffee from each farm and sets it aside for Natural processing, which means they allow the fruit of the coffee cherry to dry on the bean after harvesting. This results in an amazing flavour combination of all the sweet tropical fruit notes of the Geisha variety enhanced by the ripe berry flavors of the Natural process.
A little bit of variety history: the story of this coffee is legendary and can be credited with awakening coffee lovers to the importance of variety in determining flavour. Geisha originated in Ethiopia & was brought to South America via Costa Rica & Panama, the latter being where it gained international acclaim. In the coffee world, Geisha is considered to be the Queen of coffee varieties with an amazingly complex & intense flavour profile. Growing best in extremely high elevations, in the cup it displays a saturated sweetness, superior cleanliness & sparkling flavour.
So the big question – how can you get your hands on some?
We’ll be roasting on Wednesday July 15th and dispatching the next day, and we recommended to rest one week before using. From Wednesday July 22nd all three Single O cafes will be serving filter for $10 per cup and some of our amazing café clients will be offering it too – stay tuned to our facebook to find out more.
If you want to brew at home, you can catch it via presale, either in store or via our online shop. 125g packs are retailing for $50, and feature the wood block artwork of Greg Harris, local artist, long-time Single O customer and custom art bag creator. The inspiration for this design comes from the original homestead of Finca Mario, and the beautiful colours of the coffee cherries as they grow & ripen.
Be warned that numbers are extremely limited!
Until then, stay on high alert …