Well, actually, tastes kinda fruity (and floral, and chocolately, and mmm-mmm delicious)!
Last night we had the pleasure of attending a celebration of the Geisha, you know, the Geisha (originally "Gesha" apparently), the $130/lb Hacienda La Esmeralda Geisha from Panama that's been on the tips of so many tongues lately (figuratively).
It was wonderful, not just the delicate, balanced flavor in the Clover-ed cup, but the whole story, which may be as fascinating as the coffee itself. After a passionate intro by the always entertaining and informative Geoff Watts (Intelligentsia co-owner and chief coffee buyer), Daniel Peterson, one of the owners of Hacienda La Esmeralda gave a brief glimpse into the path that this Geisha varietal has traveled, from Ethiopia to Central America, to how it is partly responsible for changing long held notions of how coffees from particular regions should taste.
I'm all for anything that asks us to question our assumptions and asks us to think ( or taste) critically, in the moment. I'm also in awe of the scientific but slow processes and explorations that these people are creating, like conducting experiments that won't yield results for four or five years (how long it takes coffee trees to start producing). I am in awe of that kind of patience.
And to cap it off, we got to bring home a half pound each of some of the non-auction lot. Now that's a great birthday present! Thanks, Intelly. Thanks, Hacienda La Esmeralda. You guys are doing great!
* bonus points and maybe a cup of Esmeralda if you get the silly movie reference