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Panama - Hartmann Estate - "Geisha" Washed

Panama - Hartmann Estate - "Geisha" Washed

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The story of the Hartmann Estate began with Alois St. Hartmann, a man who embarked on a remarkable journey from Czechoslovakia to Pennsylvania during the turbulent times of the First World War. In his new homeland, he adopted the name Luis Hartmann and carried with him dreams of cultivating a legacy. It was in Panama, amid the lush landscapes of Chiriqui, that he found his canvas.

Luis Hartmann purchased a piece of land and built a house, but it was what he planted in the fertile soil that truly marked the beginning of an extraordinary legacy – coffee trees. With determination and love for the land, he nurtured the first coffee trees on what would later become the renowned Hartmann Estate.

Today, the Hartmann Estate is a testament to the enduring spirit of the family. The direct descendants of Luis Hartmann oversee the estate's operations. Ratibor Hartmann, a member of the third generation, manages the business, while his four siblings each play a crucial role in the farm's success. There is a warm family vibe that permeates the estate, a testament to the harmonious coexistence of generations bound by their love for coffee.

In the world of coffee, the name "Geisha" resonates with exceptional cup quality, especially when grown at high altitudes. This exquisite variety has its origins in the Ethiopian coffee forests of the 1930s and was given the name "Geisha," possibly inspired by Ethiopia's Gori Gesha forest. However, the Geisha story took a different turn when it found its way to Panama.

The Geisha variety reached Panama via a circuitous route, initially arriving at the Lyamungu research station in Tanzania and later finding its way to the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) in Central America in 1953, where it was cataloged as T2722. While it was distributed across Panama in the 1960s due to its Coffee Leaf Rust resistance, its delicate branches meant it was not widely cultivated.

However, Panama Geisha would rise to fame in 2005 when a Geisha lot won the prestigious "Best of Panama" competition and shattered contemporary records, fetching over $20 per pound. DNA analysis revealed that Panama Geisha, descended from T2722, was distinct and uniform. Today, Panama Geisha is celebrated for its delicate floral notes, reminiscent of jasmine and stone fruit.

Panama may be small in coffee production, but it is a giant in coffee quality. Geisha, in particular, has captured the hearts and palates of coffee connoisseurs worldwide, often commanding prices that exceed $2500 per kilo. This newfound fame has positioned Panama as a pioneer in what can only be described as 'coffee-tourism,' a movement that is reshaping how we produce, purchase, consume, and discuss specialty coffee on a global scale.

However, with great value comes both the best and the worst in the industry. Established producers who receive premium prices for their Geisha lots often reinvest in their communities and strive for environmentally sustainable farming practices. On the flip side, the allure of Geisha's high market value has led some to bypass traditional land agreements and illegally deforest areas of national parks in their pursuit of the perfect Geisha crop.

Yet, amidst the challenges, Panama's burgeoning coffee industry holds the potential to uplift a broader spectrum of producers and coffee workers. The tantalizing aroma of Geisha coffee wafts through the air, carrying with it the promise of a brighter future for all those who call the coffee fields of Panama home.

So, when you sip a cup of Hartmann Estate Geisha coffee, you're not just tasting the exquisite flavors; you're savoring a legacy that spans generations, a commitment to quality, and a story of coffee that has the power to change lives. Join us on this extraordinary journey through Panama's coffee wonderland, where every sip is a taste of tradition, passion, and the pursuit of perfection.

Variety: Geisha
Grade: Specialty
Altitude: 1200-1500 masl
Screen Size:16+
Processing: Washed
Cupping Notes: Aromas of dried rose petals and lemongrass, with hints of black tea and caramel. Juicy citric acidity, light and delicate body, and a crispy tartness to the mouthfeel. The flavours present as fresh lychee, white sugar and rose blossom, with a decidedly long aftertaste of white peach and a hint of pineapple SCA SCORE 89

Geisha is a delicate bean that requires a gentle roast profile. A filter style roast will allow you to experience the qualities that make Geisha such a sought after varietal.