Malawi Maxwell Munthali Geisha 2011


Bean name Malawi Maxwell Munthali Geisha 2011
Country Malawi
Region Viphya North Hills, overlooking Lake Malawi
Other info Variety: Geisha


Like the two other Malawi coffees we have this year, this is grown in the Viphya North Hills on the grassland plateau overlooking Lake Malawi. This micro lot is of the Geisha varietal. Geisha is an ancient and very rare coffee variety that has gained a lot of favour of late. The agronomic yield of Geisha is extremely low, which is why it is so difficult to find commercial plantations of this variety. One of the reasons for its new found popularity is an auction lot that fetched a huge premium, in fact it was the most expensive coffee ever, which in some areas led to a huge rush to rip out perfectly good plant stock and replace it with a varietal that tends only to work at a higher altitude and in perfect growing conditions.

To find out more about Geisha read here or here but it is enough to say the varietal is very controversial.

This is from the same mill as the Mzimba and the Vipya that we are stocking, but it originates from a different co-op. It is still Geisha and still great cup, but it's a tiny 4 bag lot. All these coffees share a similar profile but with very small differences, though for me this is the most unique of the three.

In the cup there is a super lemon and lime zest. A very, very vibrant acidity that is zingy and tart. A little drying on the mouth-feel, what I like to call pithy but I'm not sure that's a word so like sucking the inside of a lemon rind but in a very good way. Not to my taste for espresso on its own, but a delicious brewed coffee or as part of an espresso blend.

Roasting Information:
Nice and light, a good solid medium roast but nowhere near second crack.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Lemon and limes, super vibrant acidity, zingy, tart.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: No

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 8/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 8/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 94

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