Geisha (or gesha) coffee plants are known for their elongated coffee cherry (fruit), and the coffee is distinguished for its light body, bright acidity and jasmine-like aroma with honey and citrus tastes creating an outstanding cup character and profile.
Geisha was discovered in Abyssinia, south-western Ethiopia in 1931. The Ethiopian lineage, although not clear, is ascribed to Geisha predominantly because of its appearance and cup character. The long seed shape somehow resembles Harrar long berry coffees from south west of Ethiopia.
How this varietal got to Jaramillo in Boquete, Panama is still unclear. Geisha trees grow very tall and have a distinctive broad, thin and soft leaves, prolific evenly spaced branching and excellent fruit bunching. To achieve the extraordinary cup profile (high sweetness, superior cleanliness, notes of berries, mandarin oranges, mango, papaya and distinct bergamot-like finish) the geisha trees need to be grown in extremely high elevations.