A high-toned cup, but mild and balanced as well. Honeysuckle and apricot, a clean sweetness, almond at lighter roasts and mild bittersweet chocolate tones at FC roast levels. light body and creamy mouthfeel. City to Full City+
This coffee is a blend of small producer coffees from the Boquete area of Panama. It's quite an early arrival from the new crop, and while we usually buy coffees from specific farms in Panama, this lot cups so well we thought we would offer it. For that reason, most of what I can say about it concerns the cup quality, since I do not know the exact farms that went into the mix. The coffee is very sweet, hinting at good traditional wet-processing (done at the Ruiz mill in Boquete). But there does appear to be an occasional under-ripe in here. These are called quakers after roasting, and you can pick one out easily if you see it because they remain a light tan color, and fail to brown like the other coffee.
The dry fragrance has ample sweetness, suggestions of ripe oranges, and spice. The wet aroma is fruited and spicy; cherry, peach preserves, cinnamon stick. The cup has nice clarity and brightness, a crisp acidity. There are floral flavors, honeysuckle, as well as a fruity apricot note in the lighter roast. All through the roast range from City to Full City+ the coffee maintains its crisp roast taste, even as mildy bittersweet chocolate roast tones at FC roast levels. The body is well-suited to the cup, fairly light, but has creamy mouthfeel. There is an almond-like roast tone to the lighter levels (City, City+) and the finish is brief. It's no powerhouse flavor profile, but a delicate cup with distinct soprano range of flavors.