FOR THOSE WHO NEED PEPPIN' UP.
What’s that? You need peppin’ up? You need a coffee from the world famous Hacienda La Esmeralda in Panama, produced by family called Peterson and grown at an altitude between 1400 and 1700 metres above sea level?
Wow, it really is your lucky day. Not only does this coffee tick all those boxes, the treacle-toffee and tropical fruit flavour notes are perky enough to make even the grumpiest mule crack a toothy grin.
Complex sweetness reminiscent of treacle and toffee, this excellent coffee also shows real balance with tropical fruit flavours and a balancing acidity. Full and thick mouthfeel add even more depth. A great coffee from a noted farm and producer family.
The remarkable story of this farm is intertwined with the story of specialty coffee since the millennium, and particularly with the interest in varietals and the prized Geisha.
Founded in 1927, by Hans Elliot, the farm was purchased 40 years later by a Swedish born Californian banker by the name of Rudolph A. Peterson (1904-2003). To this day the Peterson family through Price, Daniel, Rachel and Susan manage the affairs of the farm that took a remarkable turn just a few years ago when a largely forgotten varietal called geisha was ‘re’ discovered and found to possess phenomenal cup characteristics.
Whist the geisha is indeed a remarkable coffee, on our travels to Panama in 2008, we found that the Catuura & Typica varietals were also showing great characteristics at the farm and so have brought the highest grown selection of these varietals ever since and took on the name for this selection – ‘Diamond Mountain’.
Long-time friends of Grumpy Mule and now Bewley’s, and with 3 coffees coming into the Yorkshire roastery from this farm, including an annual lot of Geisha from the Esmeralda Special auction – it is a pleasure to work with such coffee royalty!