If you want to know what coffee flowers smell like, then you can start with a Chemex of Moras Negras, a Good Food Award Winner of 2020. Coffee flowers often have a lightly honeyed fragrance offset by the tiniest bit of refreshing lemon flower. There is a fullness and thickness to the scent. Minutes spent in a grove in full bloom will have you lost for hours and your mind will feel like you have been on the beach all day. We have been missing Panama so I had my nose in the filter the whole time I was brewing this coffee late this morning.
The bouquet rising up from the swirling decanter smells exactly like this.
It is inebriating.
It is rare.
It is the result of the real care of Ratibor and Tessie Hartmann who grow this Geisha coffee on their experimental farm Mi Finquita high up on the western slope of the Volcan Baru in Panama. Ratibor and Tessie and their daughter Yessie are building on the tradition of the renowned Hartmann Family of Santa Clara, Panama by exploring innovative methods of fermentation, soil management, and processing. Leveraging decades of experience to carefully manage these production methods, they have unlocked and revealed a spectrum of exotic flavors in a whole range of coffee varieties on Mi Finquita.
Moras Negras, named for the blackberry appearance of the drying cherries, is just one of their special nanolots.
Every brew of a coffee can bring out different notes and flavors and those flavors change as the coffee cools. This morning, aside from the prominent coffee flower fragrance, our small cups held tiny moments of hibiscus but not too sweet, lightly toasted pine nuts, and warm white plums.
We don't have to go anywhere else today.
John & Lynelle