Lot 92 is a specific processing batch from the Garrido Estate in the region of Boquete. Garrido Coffee Highland is in Alto Quiel area of Boquete, where much of the top Panama coffee originates. They have a dry mill outside of Boquete town as well, where all the coffee is hulled, sorted and prepared for shipment. Jose David Garrido has been making many improvements to the processing and quality control on the farm, which is called Mama Cata after the family matriarch. One of these includes separating each process batch from the wet mill, and cups them separately. This lot is combined between 2 batches we liked, lot 26 and 92. (The image with this review is Ben a couple years ago at the Garrido mill. That is dry-processed coffee, which is a low grade type sold to the local market. But to Ben it was just a big pile of fun.)
The wet aroma has dark sugar caramelized sweetness, molasses, cooked apple, and a cinnamon spice accent. The cup flavors have a nice balance; not too acidic in brightness, rounded roast tones and substantial body. Cooked apple fruit notes are the primary taste, with mulling spices and almond in the background. The cup has hints of aromatic wood, not exactly something I expect in Panama coffees, but it provides a nice bass note in the cup. The mouthfeel is juicy and as the cup cools it has a nice cadence to the presence of sweet and bittersweet flavors that linger on the palate. I think this coffee worked well throughout the roast spectrum, but I particularly liked the slightly darker Full City roast over the lighter City roasts I tested.