For the record, we are no stranger to Bean & Bean Coffee. We actually had the opportunity to review some of their Sante Fe Geisha coffee a few months ago and can say that it met every expectation of ours. The company's newest release in their line of high end Geisha coffees comes from Panama, a place known for literally the best Geisha in the world. In this Bean and Bean coffee review, we take a closer look at this new offering to see where it stands among the best Panama Geisha coffee.
For those who may not know, Geisha coffee is considered some of the rarest and consequently, most expensive coffees available. Geisha coffee is grown in a variety of locations such as Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Tanzania, Colombia, and of course Panama. In 2019, a specific varietal of Panama Geisha coffee sold for $1,029 a pound. This fact is shared simply to illustrate just how coveted this coffee really is.
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Before jumping right into this Bean and Bean review, allow us to provide an quick overview of the company. Like their coffee, the company is anything but ordinary and we think there's a sublime value in knowing the people behind the bean.
Who are Bean & Bean Roasters
Bean & Bean Coffee Roasters is a unique coffee company based out of New York City. Their slogan is “The New York Coffee Roasters that brews gender equity and gives back to sloths.” The company is run by a mother and daughter team, Rachel and Jiyoon Han. They opened up their first shop on Rector and Broadway in 2008 and have grown to four locations and have a roastery in Queens, New York. When you drink a cup of their coffee, you're not only getting a very high-quality cup of coffee, but are also helping shape a better world by virtue of supporting the company's missue. Their mission has two parts, the first being to bridge the gender gap in the coffee industry. Rachel and Jiyoon saw a huge discrepancy between women and men working in the coffee industry and are dedicated to helping change this difference between pay among women workers in the coffee industry.
They also help partner with The Sloth Institute to help protect sloths from deforestation. 1% of all online sales from coffee beans are donated to help with the tracking and caring for sloths affected by these environmental changes. These contributions go toward helping injured sloths return back to the rainforest where they belong.
Bean & Bean Coffee Review: Best Panama Geisha
For this Geisha coffee review, I was sent their Panama Janson Gesha Lot 290. The details of this rare coffee are below.
- Farm Name: Janson Coffee Farm Lot 290
- Variety: Green Tip Gesha
- Process: Natural 48 hours fermentation
- Elevation: 1700 m
- Region: Panama Volcán
As seen above, this coffee is sourced from the region of Panama Volcan in Panama and has garnered a number of awards including USA Good Food Awards 2020, 1st prize in Best of Panama 2020, and 1st prize in Panama Coffee Weekend 2019. Award-winning coffees don't always mean they will be a good fit for your taste buds, so I was excited to see how this premium Panama Geisha coffee would fit mine.
I received a bag of this whole bean coffee and decided to brew the coffee using my drip coffee maker. I ground the beans in my coffee grinder and then poured the coffee into the coffee filter in my drip coffee maker.
The end result was one of the best tasting cups of coffee I have ever had.
The coffee is utterly teeming with captivating flavor. I picked up notes of pear and apple with some floral elements. The flavor kept me coming back for another sip and I thoroughly enjoyed this coffee with every sip. This is a testament to just how balanced this coffee is. The sweetness was intense but not overwhelming in any one particular area. Their coffee delivered the quintessential sweetness that only the best Panama geisha coffee is known for.
While I acknowledge that coffee experiences are unavoidably subjective, I can objectively say that this was one of the best tasting cups of coffee I have ever had. In fact, it's one of the top 5 of my best cups of coffee of all time. That's not a statement that I make lightly. I drank the coffee black partly because this is how I like to drink my coffee, but also so that I got the full natural flavor from the beans. It did not disappoint and I would recommend this coffee to any coffee connoisseur looking to get a true bang for his or her coffee-buck.
Bean & Bean has established itself as a premier coffee roasters in the coffee industry and their Panama Janson Gesha Lot 290 is a fitting example of just how high this company's standards are. If you are looking for a quality cup of Gesha coffee or looking more specifically for one of the best Panama Geisha coffees around, then this coffee is the perfect coffee for you.
Although most normal coffee drinkers are unlikely to be able to drink this coffee everyday, it's certainly something all coffee lovers should try at least once. Hats off to Bean & Bean for producing yet another fine specimen of what exotic coffee is all about.
Best Quality Coffee Review: 5/5
If you're a connoisseur of Geisha coffees and have recommendations on what you think the best Panama Geisha coffee is, we'd love to hear about them in the comments below.