Photo courtesy of Victrola Coffee.
Geisha, or gesha, holds the record for the most expensive arabica varietal at coffee auctions, bringing in $170 per pound in 2010. This is because of the plant’s relative rarity and low crop yield. Most of the arabica coffee grown is either the typica or bourbon varietal, both of which came from Ethiopia several hundred years ago. Geisha, on the other hand, was brought from the Gesha Mountains in western Ethiopia to Central America as a rust resistant crop in the 1950s. This varietal was made famous by the Hacienda La Esmeralda farm in Boquete, Panama and is known for its light body and flavors of citrus and honey. Please leave your thoughts and comments below.