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With this naturally prepared Geisha coffee we taste sweet, tropical notes, with stone fruit aromas and a long jasmine finish. Refined and colored with an elegant and rich taste reminiscent of wine.
About the coffee
Our geisha coffee from Panama grows on 0.5 hectares on a swath on the slopes of Boquetes. The trees benefit enormously from the microclimate that prevails there due to the strong winds. When the cherries are ripe in December, the harvest season begins. The beans are handpicked by the Seracín family. Because the trees get so tall, a ladder is needed to harvest.
The coffee cherries and their pulp are dried on ‘African drying beds’.
With this naturally prepared geisha coffee we taste sweet, tropical notes, with stone fruit aromas and a long jasmine finish. We chose the “classic” lot from Don Pachis Farm, which shaped the specialty coffee landscape as we know it. With all the different processing and fermentation methods currently being developed, it’s nice to take a step back and taste where it all began: balanced, floral and so sweet.
About the farm
The Don Pachi farm is located in the famous Boquete coffee growing region in Panama. It is named after its founder, the Italian Antonio Serracín Sr., who founded the farm in 1873.
Today Don Pachi Estate is managed by Francisco Seracín Jr. in the 4th generation. The Don Pachi coffee farm is ideally located for growing coffee in the Callehonseco District, at an altitude of 1400 to 1550 m.In Boquete, very strong winds blow from the mountains to the Caribbean side. What on the one hand means more difficult growing conditions for the coffee trees: weak varieties can hardly withstand them. On the other hand, they enable a cooler microclimate in which the coffee cherries ripen slowly. This is essential for the unbelievably great flavors of the Panama Geishas.
Francisco’s father – aka. Don Pachi – brought the first geisha coffee seeds from a laboratory in Costa Rica around 1963 and planted them on the farm himself. This is the geisha from which the other geisha coffees in Panama have developed.
However, Panama was not yet known for its specialty coffee at that time. Political instability and difficult access to international markets made it almost impossible for the Panamanian coffee sector to become established on the world market. Because of the difficult growing conditions and low crop yields of the Geisha variety, it was a long road for Don Pachi to establish the variety. But through his passion for coffee, together with a good portion of bite and tenacity, he managed to establish the Geisha variety all over Panama. From here she also got to the farm Hacienda La Esmeralda, which is known for its extraordinary geisha lots. Don Pachi is now known as the “Godfather of Geisha” in Panama. He died in 2016 at the age of 78.