This coffee is from Finca San Sebastian in the Boquete region of Panama. Boquete is located in the lush mountain highlands of Panama, along the Caldera river (aptly named 'Caldera', a type of volcano, and runs through Boquete and Volcan Baru National Park). Boquete itself sits at about 1200 meters, and the soft slopes of Baru Volcano (not to mention nutrient rich soil) provide prime coffee growing conditions. Finca San Sebastian is at 1400 - 1500 meters above sea level, and is planted mostly in Catuai along with some Typica trees as well.
The dry fragrance is laced with a scent of wildflower honey and spice, like graham crackers with cinnamon. It's a perfumey, in an herb tea sort of way, and adding hot water brings up a praline/toffee nut smell, buttery caramelized sugars, and candy-like sweetness. The cup is fairly analogous to the aromatics, and when hot has flavors of creamy caramel and butter pecan. This forthright sweetness builds in the cooing cup, and is highlighted by tartaric acidity and fruited top notes hinting at green grape and apple. There is a crispness to the acidity, and makes for refreshing mouthfeel. This one's bodied too, carrying with it reverberating sweetness in the aftertaste. A nice brewed cup of Panama coffee and perfect option for a balanced SO espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Arrival date||June 2014 Arrival|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Intensity/Prime attribute||Medium Intensity / Caramel and toffee sweet, lightly fruited top notes, bodied, clean finish|
|Roast||City to Full City; We found most complexity in the City/City+ roast range|
|Recommended for Espresso||No|