27 Nov '12, 6am

A Geisha coffee at Starbucks: Costa Rica Finca Palmilera Reserve coffee

Before I go any further, I must explain what a “Geisha” coffee is. Any coffee which is labeled as a Geisha coffee is considered an “heirloom varietal.” This means that their seed stock is very pure, and has not been hybridized or altered. In fact, the original source of this coffee varietal traces back to the city of Gesha, in southwestern Ethiopia. “Geisha” with an “i” is an alternate spelling for this coffee, and the one that has been adopted by Latin American farms growing Geisha varietal coffee trees. As I understand it, it wasn’t until 1960 that the first Geisha trees were grown in Latin America. Farmers in Panama bought the seed stock, having heard that the Geisha coffee trees were more resistant to insect infestation than other varietals of coffee. However, this varietal only grows at high elevation (about 5,000 feet or higher), and is very low-yielding. This means ...

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