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A few months ago in select locations in the US, Starbucks rolled out a coffee so rare that only 450 individually numbered, half-pound bags of beans exist. As you would expect this coffee doesn’t come cheap at $6 for a 12- ounce cup.

The coffee known as Costa Rica Tarrazú Geisha, is part of Starbucks luxury reserve line and has been creating a stir amongst serious coffee aficionados. Although, don’t worry we won’t be sending you off to Starbucks any time soon. Luckily for us in London, Knightsbridge based Sea Island Coffee, importers and retailers of gourmet coffees, are currently stocking Geisha coffee, so you can try a brew at home.

Specifically grown on the Coffea Diversa plantation in Costa Rica, close to the Panamanian border, award-winning Geisha is one of the most sought after types of coffee trees with green beans (that haven’t yet been roasted) selling for a staggering $130 a pound.

The plantation is incredibly special as it grows the largest number of different coffee varieties in the world. Coffea Diversa has pioneered the botanical garden approach to coffee cultivation in which aspect the Estate remains unique.

Geisha, one of the Ethiopian wild and extremely rare coffee varieties, boasts a soft, delicate profile with quietly complex aromatics that reward patient attention with notes of lavender, cocoa and hints of molasses – varying from woody to melons to a mix of sugar and spices. A rich, sweet and spicy aroma with a smooth taste and a thin body full of flavor and acidity.