Zeke’s Coffee presents Flight of Fancy, a journey of the mouth through some of the most luxurious flavors from around the world. This event will be held at our Pittsburgh roastery – 6012 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh Pa, 15206. We are also conducting flights from our Baltimore roastery as well as our DC roastery.
We are most excited to try two different Geisha coffees. Geisha is a strain of low yield coffee brought to Central America from Ethiopia in the 1950s to combat Leaf Rust. The name is a misspelling of Gesha, the region in Ethiopia where this strain originates. Due to low yield, the varietal was not intentionally planted for years. In the early 2000s, farmers in Panama noticed that certain sections of their farms with odd looking trees produced exceptional coffee, radically different from their other coffee. The Geisha varietal has since been discovered in a number of Central American farms, and is slowly making its way onto South American Plantations. The Geisha is said to somewhat resemble Ethiopian coffee, especially coffee from Yirgacheffe, but have a different, exceptional flavor when grown in the Americas.
Colombian Granja La Esperanza Geisha
Granja La Esperanza uses techniques learned from winemaking to manage their coffee plantations. They use weather stations in conjunction with regular cupping to determine the ideal harvest time. They fought Colombia’s prohibition on growing coffee varietals that are not state sponsored in order to plant Geisha. Their rigorous application and determination has paid off. The Specialty Coffee Association of America awarded them three of the top ten spots in their 2012 Coffee of the Year competition.
Panama Esmeralda Geisha
The farm oft credited with discovering Geisha coffee is the Hacienda La Esmeralda. They have a deep commitment to the health of their land and their employees. They provide a school and medical care for their migrant employees. They have pensions and college funds for their full time employees. They do not prune coffee trees while birds are migrating. They produce almost all of their fertilizer by raising cattle. They also have some of the most sought after coffees in the world. For more information on Hacienda La Esmeralda, check out http://haciendaesmeralda.com/
Jamaican Blue Mountain Clydesdale Estate
Conditions in the Jamaican Blue Mountains are ideal for coffee. The Jamaican government applies strict standards to maintain the well deserved international reputation of Blue Mountain Coffee. The Clydesdale region is the first place coffee was grown in Jamaica. We medium roast it bringing out notes of milk chocolate. It is remarkably smooth, well balanced, and has a clean finish.
Hawaiian Kona Greenwell Estate
Hawaiian Kona Greenwell Estate has been a coffee farm since 1850. Still owned and run by the Greenwell family, it is known for producing some of the finest coffee in the world. Due to it’s relative geographic isolation, Hawaii produces coffee with a distinct subtle nutty flavor. Medium roasted, our Kona has a solid body, reminiscent of a coffee from Indonesia, without the earthy flavor.
$10 for four 6oz cups of coffee.
Flights departing every hour, on the hour, Sunday, January 12th from 10:00AM to 12:00PM.