Do you always wonder what makes coffee expensive? Well, Geisha Coffee was recently declared to be the most expensive coffee in the world, and its demand is rising every day. Many coffee drinkers are fascinated by this coffee for its unique taste and reputation. Here, we discuss its price, origin, track rise, and the traits that make it the most expensive coffee in the world.

What is Geisha Coffee?

The berries that make this coffee originated from the Gori Gesha forest in Ethiopia. That is where it gets the name Gesha. The Geisha name originated from historical women entertainers in Japan. Today, you can refer to this coffee as Geisha or Gesha


From Ethiopia, the coffee was brought to Costa Rica in the 1950s and afterward in Panama as a new variety that people could cultivate there. In 2004, these coffee beans became Panama’s best in the coffee auction. All taste evaluators were impressed by this coffee, and it became famous globally overnight.

By the end of the 2018 auction edition, a pound of these beans were priced at $803. Today, a pound fetches around $110, hence making a cup of this coffee makes it the most expensive in the world.

What does Geisha Coffee taste like?

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Geisha Coffee comes in a variety of tastes and flavors, depending on the origin. It has a unique flowery fruit-like flavor. You will also feel some exotic flavors like papaya, mango, citrus, guava, etc. Boot Coffee’s Willem Boot describes Geisha’s taste as incredibly fruit-forward. 

Why is it so expensive?

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) holds competitions, and the Panama Geisha has always registered the highest score. On a score grading out of 100, this coffee has consistently scored above 90. It is expensive as it requires unique cultivating conditions, it produces a stunning aroma, and it gets high ratings from outstanding experts. You must pick the ideal time to harvest it.

Bo Thiara, a coffee shop owner that sells Geisha coffee, told ABC that it got the highest rating ever courtesy of Panama competition. The recent high scores by SCA made it very popular worldwide. Unlike other coffees, it gives a fruity aroma, and that is why it is considered highly valuable (about $75 a cup).

How much does it cost?

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If you want it from a popular farm like Hacienda la Esmeralda, it costs up to $600. In Panama, it goes for $9 per cup and $18 in many coffee shops in New York. However, a coffee shop in San Francisco sold out its stock for $75 a cup (*). 

Is it worth the price?

This coffee is in very high demand, and there are no expectations of a drop in price in the future. But is it worth it?

If you are planning to make Geisha your everyday coffee, it is not worth it. However, if you want that fruit-forward renowned taste, it is the best choice for you.

Final Thoughts 

Geisha is very expensive and famous, but it does not mean it is overrated. Those passionate about coffee can try and testify to this truth. It is the perfect beverage to take as a reward to yourself to kick in good moods and vibes in your life.