While Americans consume vast amounts of coffee, you may be surprised to learn that no coffee is actually grown in the continental United States. While Hawaii does grow coffee and is widely renowned for its Kona coffee, a majority of Americans don't have easy access to coffee farms. That's why the idea of coffee being grown in San Diego, CA may seem like a totally foreign but highly attractive idea.
A company called Bird Rock Roasters has just completed their first local harvest of a super rare coffee bean called Geisha. What makes this Geisha so special isn't just its flavor which delights the drinker with notes of honey, key lime pie, jasmine tea, and elder flower.
It's the simple fact that this coffee bean came from a plant grown right here in the U.S. of A. Not only did Bird Rock Roasters push the coffee-growing envelope, but they did so in true specialty coffee fashion by growing arguably the most exotic coffee in the world.
The Geisha coffee bean is prized for its incredibly unique and attractive flavor profile. It's won over the hearts and taste buds of the most discerning coffee connoisseurs in the world. Typically grown in Panama, this particular variety has its origins in Oceanside, San Diego at Mraz Family Farms, founded by singer Jason Mraz back in 2015.
The Geisha from the Mraz Family Farm is clearly not your average cup of Joe and to no surprise, its rarity is reflected in its $35/cup price. You heard that right. This coffee was officially made available to the public this past Saturday (10/5/2019). Bags of this coffee can also be purchased online for $200 for 4 ounces. At these prices, Bird Rock Roasters has produced an exotic brew with a price tag that rivals that of the world's most expensive coffee: The Kopi Luwak. We won't cover this coffee here, but if you'd like to learn more about it check out our full article on tips for buying the best Kopi Luwak coffee.
Coffee Being Grown in California
The reality of coffee farms in California speaks to a tremendous change that's are occurring within the industry. Companies and roasters have been quick to take advantage of these new opportunities for growing coffee in California. For example, Frinj Coffee has teamed up with Mraz Farms, with plans for rapid expansion in the San Diego area. They hope the state of California sees another 50,000 coffee plants this year alone and becomes a national leader in growing specialty coffee. The Mraz Farm has approximately 2,800 coffee trees that come in highly sought-after varieties such as Cuicateco, Laurina, Mundo Nova, Pacamara, and Tekisic.
Recommended Geisha Coffee
If you're in the market to explore the world of quality Geisha Coffee but can't afford to spend $200 for 4 ounces, consider checking out some Volcanica Coffee's offerings. They offer an exquisite single origin Geisha Coffee from Guatemala.
We've also compiled a list of the best Geisha coffees of 2022, that's definitely worth checking out if you're looking to learn more about what Geisha coffee has to offer.
If Geisha Coffee isn't your cup of “tea”, then you may want to check out our list of best exotic coffees for new blends.