When I first got wind of this coffee which is a rare Geisha from Peru, I was a little surprised about the price – $77 for a 11oz bag. It would naturally give pause for your average consumer. However, when I actually tasted the coffee in its fullness, the story started to come together. There’s a saying that you get what you pay for. When it comes to coffee, I have found this to be mostly true. And in this Peruvian Geisha Coffee review, I’ll explain why this bag is worth every penny of its price.
As a disclaimer, I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing many coffees from Bean & Bean and they have yet to disappoint. I’ve even reviewed their renowned Panama Geisha. So when the company offered me a bag of their Peruvian Geisha in exchange for a review, the bar was already set to an incredibly high level.
What is Geisha Coffee?
No Peruvian Geisha coffee review would be complete without an explanation of what Gesha or Geisha coffee is. For starters, it’s one of most prized and exotic coffees in the world.
The high price of Geisha coffee is due to the rarity and superior quality of the beans. This particular type of coffee bean has very low yield and requires a very specific climate in order to thrive. As with all commodities, it’s all about supply and demand.
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Although today Gesha coffee is grown in several other nations such as Africa, Asia, and the Americas, it originated in the Gori Gesha forest in Ethiopia.
While every batch of Gesha is different, Gesha beans generally offer the following flavor profile.
- Mild acidity
- Balanced sweetness
- Refined floral and fruity flavors (jasmine, peach, mango, berry, citrus)
- Complex flavor notes
Peruvian Geisha Coffee Review
Having gone over what Geisha coffee is, let’s talk about Bean & Bean’s Peru #6 Geisha Coffee. For the record, the number “6” refers to the fact that this coffee won 6th place in the Cup of Excellence Competition.
This coffee is outstanding in every sense of the word.
It is truly something every coffee drinker should have the pleasure of experiencing. I ground the beans and brewed them in my drip coffee maker. Admittedly, I could’ve chosen a different brew method such as a pour over or French Press. But on that particular day, I was pressed for time and needed to get my coffee brewed quickly and easily. I plan to experiment with different brew methods for the remaining beans.
Peruvian Geisha Coffee Review: Aroma
The aroma of the beans was amazing. I’m glad they sent me whole beans because I feel like the aroma alone from thefresh-ground beans was worth getting the bag. It’s a well known fact that olfactory senses are closely related to taste. As such, the deeply rich fragrance of these beans would only enhance their flavor.
Peruvian Geisha Review: Taste
I drank my coffee black to get the full flavor of the beans. It’s reasonable to say that beans of this caliber shouldn’t be adulterated with cream and sugar. Some might disagree with me.
It was smooth and creamy but still had the light acidity that I like from a light roast. The flavors were complex yet simple and hit all the right notes as they traveled through my mouth. The coffee was so good that I drank in way too fast. Fortunately, I made more than enough for multiple cups and I kept going back for another sip and to taste the richness, creaminess, and smoothness of the coffee. By my second cup I was able to soak in all that this coffee has to offer and appreciate it for how special it truly is.
Depending on how sensitive your palate is, you’ll likely taste notes of dried prune, apricot, jasmine, vanilla, punctuated by a sweet and clean finish. I’m glad they chose a light roast since it really allows for the bean’s natural flavors to express themselves. As mentioned earlier, this coffee won 6th place at the Peru Cup of Excellence with a score of 89.46. In my opinion, it’s hard to fathom how it didn’t win 1st place. The coffee is truly that good.
The packaging is eye-pleasing. But to be honest, I just feel that an award-winning coffee of this quality deserves visuals that reflect just how good the beans really are. Often these prized coffees are in tin cans or special boxes and it would have been nice to see the added touch to the packaging of the coffee. I’m sure there are many costs and logistical issues that come with that. Aside from that, I actually really enjoyed the sloth on the front and the purple bag. It added a levity and character to the branding. It also came with resealable pouch which I really appreciated.
Peruvian Geisha Coffee Review: Final Thoughts
This coffee is one of the best I have ever had, and probably one of the best in the world by my estimation. They only made a limited supply of this coffee (99 kg), but if you have the opportunity to get your hands on a bag of this stuff, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s worth repeating that it’s one of the best coffees I have ever had.
I’ve had the privilege of tasting many exquisite coffees over the years. But very few have even come close to touching the standard set by Bean & Bean’s Peruivian Gesha coffee.