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Hey Tanya, you are right, Gesha coffee is still considered one of the most valuable varietals and is desirable for its incredible flavor profile as well as the limited supply of the beans. The Geisha coffee, as the first farmers called it by mistake, was first popularized by Hacienda Esmeralda in the highlands of Panama, when it won the 2004 Best of Panama coffee auction. There, it is grown in the Boquete region at the Volcano Baru 3,474 (11,398 ft) meters high. This is important because the high altitude, tropical climate, and rich soil provide the ideal coffee growing conditions. In terms of flavor, SCA gives Panama Geisha coffee a 94.1 score out of 100, which is one of the highest scores. While it doesn’t taste the same in every country, in general, most people define Geisha flavors by a strong floral aroma and tea-like characteristics with hints of peach, melon, guava, apricot, earl grey, jasmine, or honey. In fact, coffee brewed using Geisha coffee beans is often compared to jasmine tea. The desirable flavor notes of Geisha beans are accompanied by light and silky body and pleasant citrus acidity. Cafe Geisha is described as the perfect symphony of floral notes, acidity, and sweetness.
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