Klatch Coffee Elida Geisha Green Tip Natural

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Klatch Coffee – the Southern California-based specialty coffee roaster whose $75 cup of coffee made headlines earlier this year – has purchased Best of Panama 2019 winner, the Elida Geisha 1029, for $1,029 per pound. For the third year in a row, Klatch Coffee will be pouring the world’s most expensive and record-scoring coffee for an estimated $100 per cup. Following last year’s award-winning beans that went for $803 per pound and $661 per pound, the Elida Geisha 1029 is the third record-breaking coffee to come from the Lamastus Family Estates in Boquete, Panama. The varietal - processed using the Anaerobic Slow Dry (ASD) technique generally used with wine – earned an all-time high score of 95.25 at the Best of Panama 2019 competition. 

Klatch Coffee will offer coffee enthusiasts the opportunity to taste the limited edition brew through ticketed events at select Klatch locations, including its state-of-the-art roastery in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. and its newly opened San Francisco store. Guests will experience a cup of the exclusive beans brewed by Klatch Coffee’s world-champion baristas, who will have trained extensively on how to best brew this particular bean to maximize its unique notes. Ticketholders will also receive a limited edition mug commemorating their experience. 

For those who cannot attend the events in California, the Elida Geisha 1029 will be available for purchase online for nationwide shipping this November. The $100 online purchase will come with 18 grams of whole beans, instructions on how to brew the coffee and the limited edition mug. 


Known as a top-tier varietal in the coffee industry, geishas traditionally earn the highest scores in the Best of Panama and other worldwide competitions. As an international judge of the competition, Klatch Coffee founder Mike Perry gave the Elida Geisha 1029 a score of 97+ for overall aroma, fragrance, flavor and after-taste—the highest score he’s ever awarded any coffee. Maintaining a fruit-forward tone characteristic of the geisha varietal, the Elida Geisha Green Tip Natural offers notes of candied fruit, watermelon Jolly Rancher, orange and cherry Lifesavers, peach, mango and more. 

View this link for a more in-depth look at the characteristics of the award-winning coffee. 


Internationally renowned coffee roaster and retailer Klatch Coffee was founded in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. in 1993 by Mike Perry, a former chemical engineer who blends science with a passion for great coffee. The 25-year-old company, led by Perry and his daughter Heather, vice president of Klatch and current president of the Specialty Coffee Association, has earned widespread industry recognition and numerous awards. Notable accolades include Coffee Fest 2016's "America's Best Espresso and Cold Brew," U.S. Brewers Cup Champion 2014 and 2016, and Roast Magazine's "Micro Roaster of the Year" 2009. In September 2018, Klatch Coffee became the first and only specialty roaster to win the Golden Bean Award for its espresso four years in a row. The roastery is widely known for being the U.S.’s sole supplier of the world’s most renowned coffees. the Elida Geisha 803 and Elida Geisha 97+, which both earned gold medals at the 2018 Best of Panama competition. 

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