Delicate aromas of honeysuckle and lemon zest are elegantly complemented in the cup by lingering flavors of creamy vanilla custard, jasmine, kiwi, and a refreshing note of key lime on the finish.

    Beautiful coffees from Hacienda la Esmeralda, the farm that made gesha famous, have been beloved annual highlights of our menu since 2014. The present wet processed selection from the 2021 harvest has been carefully preserved in Passenger’s freezer facility since its arrival and we are incredibly proud to share it alongside three additional geshas from Ethiopia and Panama, as a limited Special Release collection.

    Coffee is native to the southwestern highlands of Ethiopia, near the South Sudanese border. In the 1930s a seed collecting expedition was ordered by the Kenyan Director of Agriculture. The wild coffee forests of Ethiopia, being the birthplace of Arabica coffee, are rich in genetic diversity. The purpose of the expedition was to find coffee accessions that were appropriate for cultivation throughout the British Colonies. As cup profile (i.e. flavor) was of little-to-no consideration at the time, productivity and resistance to disease were the primary considerations when searching for appropriate varieties. As an eventual result of this expedition, coffee from the Gesha region of southwest Ethiopia made its way to Costa Rica via Tanzania and eventually ended up on a farm that came to be owned by the Peterson family in Boquete, Panama.

    Nearly 75 years after that seed collection expedition, the gesha variety was brought into the spotlight during the 2004 Best of Panama competition when a coffee from the Petersons’ farm, Hacienda la Esmeralda, shattered previous records for the highest price paid for a coffee at auction. It has remained in said spotlight since, enjoying nearly 20 years as the world’s pre-eminent specialty coffee variety.

    The 2021 harvest marked the seventh consecutive year that Passenger has contracted a special selection from Hacienda la Esmeralda. The present wet processed selection, offering the intense floral aromatics and elegantly nuanced flavors that have characterized our favorite coffees from this famous farm, was produced on the Tumaco plot, a small parcel of land that is located in close proximity to the original Cañas Verdes farm that was purchased by the Peterson family in 1967. At time of writing, we are incredibly pleased to share this beautiful Esmeralda gesha, kept pristine and fresh in frozen storage since its arrival at our roastery, as one of four extraordinary coffees that are being added to Passenger’s menu as a highly limited Special Release collection. As a group, these four coffees offer a fascinating, and memorably delicious, exploration of the renowned gesha variety.

    Special Release

    The four microlots that we are sharing in this Special Release collection offer exquisite, and contrasting, expressions of the gesha variety and beautifully represent the achievement of three remarkable farms - Adam Overton and Rachel Samuel at Gesha Village, the Peterson Family at Hacienda la Esmeralda, and the Lamastus Family at Elida Estate.

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    Since our start as a roasting company, Passenger has existed to offer a broad spectrum of memorable coffee experiences. From the year-round quality consistency of our Foundational coffees, to the adventurous profiles and unique stories of our Education Lots, to the immaculate cup qualities of our Reserve Lot offerings, we strive to curate a diverse menu that will complement a variety of moments and appeal to a variety of palates. With this inaugural collection of Special Releases, we are proud to share coffees from three internationally renowned coffee producers, in a new format that encourages savoring, and reflection. As with every coffee we have the privilege of roasting, we hope they will bring pleasure and inspiration.

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