Gesha (also spelled Geisha) is a variety of coffee plant known for its distinctive and complex flavour profile. It was first discovered in the Gesha region of Ethiopia, and it is considered to be one of the most sought-after and prized varieties of coffee in the world.

A map centred on Ethiopia, in Africa, with a marker at the Gesha Region

Gesha coffee beans are known for their unique flavour profile, which can include floral and fruity notes, and a long aftertaste. It is also known for its unique aroma which can include jasmine, bergamot, and tropical fruit.

The Gesha variety is also known for its low yield and its high sensitivity to environmental factors, which makes it difficult to cultivate and harvest. This, combined with the high demand for this coffee, can make it expensive.

Gesha coffee is usually grown at high altitudes, and the beans are usually picked when they are ripe. The beans are then processed using the wet method, which involves removing the outer layers of the coffee cherry using water. This method helps to preserve the delicate flavor profile of the Gesha beans.

The Gesha variety has been traditionally grown in Ethiopia, but it’s also grown in other countries such as Panama, Costa Rica, and Colombia. It rose to prominence after the Peterson family grew a lot at Hacienda La Esmeralda in Boquete, Panama.

It has become a specialty coffee and is considered to be one of the most sought-after and expensive varieties of coffee in the world

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