Seattle’s Trabant Coffee Serving Panama Esmeralda Geisha

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A Seattle-based coffee company will be the place to get the coffee with more #1 wins than any other coffee in the world.

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We’re excited to once again feature a Panama Esmeralda Geisha; it's been a few years.

Representatives of Trabant Coffee announced today that starting on Wednesday October 9 and running for two weeks, they will be serving up Panama Esmeralda Geisha, roasted by Kuma Coffee.

This coffee won first place in the Best of Panama competition for 6 years, first place in the Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality for 5 years, and first place in the Specialty Coffee Association of America Roaster's Guild Cupping Pavilion for 3 years. The lot Kuma is featuring scored 93 on the 100 point cupping scale, and has notes of jasmine, orange marmalade, raspberry jam, strawberry, and cane sugar.

Trabant will be rolling out the Panama Esmeralda Geisha in phases during the two week period. At first, the coffee will just be available for retail (8 oz, $35.) The following week, both Trabant Cafes will be serving shots ($5), macchiatos ($5.5), Clovers ($6) and a yet-to-be-disclosed signature drink. Rumor has it that the drink may feature a strawberry reduction or jasmine water. Trabant has built up quite a reputation for innovative and tasty specialty drinks, and the Panama Esmeralda Geisha specialty drink won't disappoint.

“We jumped in immediately when we found out this coffee was available and wanted to be the first to showcase this elegant coffee. We’re excited to once again feature a Panama Esmeralda Geisha; it's been a few years,” said Tatiana Becker, owner and company spokesman for Trabant Coffee.

“The past few years, we have been heads down expanding our offerings. Two years ago, we built out a kitchen and hired a chef. We brought all of our pastry baking in house, and added a breakfast and lunch menu. Around the same time we also started making all of our syrups in house, from fresh ingredients like saffron, rosemary, and pumpkin spice. A specialty drink menu grew up organically around those,” she explained.

“We've always been all about the coffee, though, and we're proud to be able to showcase this unique bean. It's got a delicate flavor, reminiscent of tea,” Becker said, before adding that the company now has its full food and drinks menus on

Becker pointed out that it's a good thing Trabant Coffee still has its Clover coffee brewers, as the Geisha can be specially “dialed in” with temperature, dwell, and grind settings that will best highlight the coffee's features.

“Many independents sold these off when the maker, Coffee Equipment Company, was acquired by Starbucks back in 2008,” Becker said. “We still felt strongly that the Clover made a great cup, and we stood by the technology.”

More unique than Panama Esmeralda Geisha on the Clover, though, is the coffee as espresso. The last time Trabant served the coffee, it was only offered as Clover.

“It was our first time offering a coffee that expensive – I believe it was going for about $200 per pound at that point – and we were paranoid to put any beans through the espresso grinder. We're ready to go all in, now,” added Lorrie Mahieu, who also is a manager at the University District Cafe.

One customer identified as Sharon Harrow gave the café two thumbs up.

“I’ve only been there once when visiting Seattle, but it was the single greatest espresso I've ever had and have not stopped thinking about it,” Harrow recalled.

The Geisha at Trabant will be one unforgettable coffee.

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About Trabant Coffee

Coffee. People. Community. We continue to embody this vision, serving only responsibly-sourced beans, making pastries, food, and syrups from scratch in-house, hosting local art and events, and offering coffee related classes.

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Tatiana Becker
(206) 234-9145

Pioneer Square Cafe
602 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98104

U District Cafe
1309 NE 45 St Seattle, WA 98105

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