Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda Geisha Cañas Verdes Coffee to Launch at The Coffee Academïcs from 12th October

Last month, the Best of Panama coffee auction held by the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama broke all previous price records with the sale of a 100-pound lot from Hacienda La Esmeralda. The coffee, a natural processed Geisha cultivated at 1,800 meters above sea level in the mountainous region of Boquete, western Panama, fetched no less than US$601 per pound (a total of US$60,100 for 100 pounds).

Of the existing 45.5kg of the record-breaking coffee, The Coffee Academïcs Hong Kong is delighted to be receiving 7kg of the highly sought after batch. In total, 7kg of Panama Geisha is enough to serve approximately 300 incredible cups of coffee for the distinguished drinker. From 12 October onwards, The Coffee Academïcs invites coffee aficionados to immerse themselves in Hong Kong’s very first ‘601 Experience’, an exclusive taste of the world’s best – and most expensive – cup of coffee.

“We are so proud and happy to be the first to make history to bring in 7kg of this much prized Coffee into Hong Kong. This coffee is absolutely incredible and the coffee is arriving just in time for our new shop opening in Tai Koo Shing which we hope to enjoy this with Hong Kong at our new shop.” says Jennifer Liu, Chair-Lady of The Coffee Academics.

What is Panama Geisha Coffee?

Dubbed the “mother of all coffee records”, the recent sale of US$601/lb is no doubt a result of the top-scoring batch of Hacienda La Esmeralda earning 94.1 points out of 100. For the first time, Panama Geisha presents coffee as a luxury product – one that deserves higher prices for its distinctive and unrivalled cup profile.

Farmer Profile: The Petersons

In 1964, Hacienda La Esmeralda was bought by a Californian banker by the name of Rudolph A. Peterson. The land comprised an area of several hundred hectares in the Palmira region, which, later in 1987, was planted with coffee trees by the Peterson family. In 1996, the family purchased another farm in the area, Esmeralda Jaramillo, which is where they discovered the famous Geisha trees – named after the village in Ethiopia where they were first found in the 1930s. This ground-breaking discovery revolutionized the coffee industry, and led to the family’s consequential wins in the Best of Panama competition beginning in 2006. Now, the Petersons are known worldwide as elite coffee producers who consistently break price records at coffee auctions.

Hong Kong’s First “601 Experience” to Officially Launch on 12 October in The Coffee Academic’s new TaiKoo Shing Outlet

The 601 Experience

From 13 – 31 October, guests will receive their roasted Esmeralda Geisha 601 (15g) for the price of HK$488, or Green Esmeralda Geisha 601 (50g) for HK$988. For registration, please visit

After registering for a spot online, guests have the option of either meeting with one of the skilled coffee trainers at The Coffee Academïcs, who will brew the 601 according to your preferred method; taking the exclusive 601 beans home to brew in the comfort of your own home; brewing your 601 with the available equipment or with your own favourite brewing device; cupping your 601 with the help of an experienced cupper; or roasting your own coffee on the spot. Guests are given every choice to ensure the finest coffee drinking experience fit for their exclusive 601 beans.

The Coffee Academïcs will be offering both a 601 coffee-brewing workshop and two varieties of limited edition 601 Experience Kits between 12 October – 30 March, 2018.

l Kit A is priced at HK$2500 (20 sets available), and features a wooden box with a kinto, filter paper and a jar of precious 601 coffee beans.

l Kit B is priced at HK$1000 (30 sets available) and contains a 601 candle, a t-shirt and a jar of 601 coffee beans.

Limited Exclusive 601 Geisha Hand-brews at The Coffee Academïcs Shops

Available only at The Coffee Academïcs Causeway Bay, The Coffee Academïcs Johnston Road, The Coffee Academïcs TaiKoo Shing and the newly opened Roastery Lab, guests can enjoy a hand-brewed cup of the coveted Geisha starting from October. With outlets limited to serving only 5 cups per shop, this is a luxury brew you’ll want to get your hands on first. Each brew is priced at HK$400, and will be available at the above locations until March. The revolutionary coffee will be served with a tasty snack and a photo certificate

The Exclusive 601 Geisha Workshop

For the chance to partake in the exclusive 601 Geisha workshop, guests can register online to brew and learn more about the rare and exclusive supply of 601 coffee for HK$988 per person. The educational experience concludes with a photo certificate.

From October-March, fans of the 601 can also stay tuned for the online shop stocked with fun goodies such as t-shirts and coffee ground candles, coming soon.

For all registrations and details, please visit