Malawi Mzimba Geisha 2011


Bean name Malawi Mzimba Geisha 2011
Country Malawi
Region Viphya North Hills
Other info 100% Geisha


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.

The good news about the Mzimba Geisha Micro Lot is that it has been growing in this location for a very long time at an altitude of 1600m above sea level upwards, and it's great tasting. This coffee is so similar to the Mssese I have tried to find out more about why it is so close and if it's a co op name change.

In the cup expect the super creamy mouth-feel and clarity that you would expect from a great washed African coffee. This is then backed up by a delicious tropical fruit that zaps your mouth with pineapple, apricot and all sorts of summer fruits. Great mouth-feel. Like last year these coffees have great flavours, add to this a great price. It's just great coffee.Malawi Mzimba Geisha 2011

Cupping notes

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

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