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We found 38 reviews that match your search for esmeralda. Coffees are listed in reverse chronological order by review date. Older reviews may no longer accurately reflect current versions of the same coffee. Click on roaster images to visit roaster websites.


94
Roast: Light Review Date: April 2013
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: HK $288/100 grams
Evaluated as espresso. Intricate and lush; tartly sweet. Caramel, hibiscus and rose, candied ginger, honeydew melon in aroma and small cup. Lean though smooth mouthfeel. Floral notes in particular carry into a remarkably long, complex finish. Flavor carries intact into two parts milk, where a hint of grapefruity acidity is juxtaposed with the milky sweetness.
 
AROMA:9
BODY:7
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
WITH MILK:10
AGTRON:61/93

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: April 2013
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: HK $588/100 grams
Intensely and extravagantly aromatic. Lavender, honey, mango, crisp roasted cocoa nib in aroma and cup. Brisk, delicately tart acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries deep into a long, balanced finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:56/83

96
Roast: Light Review Date: February 2013
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: NA
Delicate but lush; piercingly sweet. Honey, jasmine-like flowers, tangelo-like citrus, hints of chocolate and fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Lyric, flower-saturated acidity; full but lively mouthfeel. The tangelo note in particular resonates inside immense sweetness in the finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:66/86

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2012
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: $67.40/8 ounces
A remarkably sweet, spicy aromatic wood note – think sandalwood – leads the usual intense array of Gesha aromatic excitement: complex floral notes, honey, crisp baker’s chocolate, tartly ripe raspberry. Round, rich acidity; lively, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular surfaces in a long, balanced, flavor-saturated finish.
AROMA:10
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:54/71

95
  • Kean Coffee

    Newport Beach, California
  • Panama La Esmeralda Especial

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2012
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: $39.95/10 ounces
Delicate, crisp, vibrantly complex. Floral suggestions range from honeysuckle to rose to lavender. Honey, cocoa-nib, almond in aroma and cup. Gently and sweetly brisk acidity; quite light but very silky mouthfeel. Flavor-saturated finish has deep and lasting persistence despite the delicacy of the cup.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:57/74

91
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2012
Origin: La Paz District, Honduras. Price: $18.45/16 ounces
Gently pungent, harmoniously complex. Sweet flowers, rich, cocoa-like chocolate, walnut and an orangy fruit in aroma and cup. Crisp acidity. Delicate, very silky mouthfeel. Flavor persists into a rather drying finish.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:59/75

97
  • Caribou Coffee

    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Roastmaster's Reserve Esmeralda

Roast: Medium Review Date: September 2012
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: $19.99/8 ounces
Intense, exhilaratingly complex, resonant. A cascade of floral notes ranging in suggestion from bitter lavender to lush honeysuckle. Honey, tangerine, and a crisp, cocoaish chocolate. Round, richly stated acidity; syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Deep, flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:10
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:52/66

93
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: September 2012
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: $20.80/8 ounces
Intense, complex floral notes (lavender, lily), tangerine-like fruit, honey, cinnamon-like spice, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. Bright, juicy acidity; silky mouthfeel. The finish is drying but profoundly flavor-saturated.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:57/79

96
  • Klatch Coffee

    Los Angeles, California
  • Esmeralda Leon, Panama Geisha Auction Lot

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: August 2012
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: $39.95/8 ounces
Intense, complex floral notes, from crisp lavender to sweet lilies, with an underlying nut-toned dark chocolate that suggests fine roasted cocoa nibs. Zesty orange citrus. Rich acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The finish may be a tad too dry for some coffee drinkers but it is rich and deeply flavor-saturated.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:52/73

93
  • CafeTaster

    I-Lan City, Taiwan
  • 2012 Esmeralda Special Natural Panama

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: August 2012
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: NTD $3000/8 ounces
Intense, lyric, complex floral character – tea rose, lily, lavender, honey – anchored by a crisp, cocoa-toned chocolate. Sweet-toned, floral acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Dry but rich, flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:58/81

91
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: August 2012
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: $49.00/8 ounces
Lush honey, crisp lavender, hints of peach and vanilla in aroma and cup. The acidity is quite tart, but also sweet and rich. Fullish, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Honey and lavender carry into a sweet but drying finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:54/73

94
Roast: Medium Review Date: August 2010
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: $43.95/10 oz.
Juicy and sweet both in aroma and cup: pungent notes of citrus and cocoa with soft hints of lavender flowers and honey. Assertive but smooth acidity and a lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Clean finish: gentle cocoa character complicated by continuing fruit and floral hints.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:52/68

94
Roast: Medium Review Date: August 2010
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: $28.00/8 oz.
In the aroma lemon, berry, and above all, delicate flowers - jasmine and lavender. In the cup crisp, floral-toned acidity, silky mouthfeel. The flowers and lemon deepen and turn richly pungent, sustaining into a long, deep finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:49/62

95
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2009
Origin: Panama Price: NA
Intense cocoa, lemon and floral notes in the aroma. In the cup rich acidity, lightly syrupy body, dry lemony cocoa, lush night flowers, and a distinct spice note suggesting nutmeg, all carrying majestically into the long, deeply flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:55/82

96
Roast: Light Review Date: September 2009
Origin: Panama Price: NA
Delicately rich, balanced but gracefully intense coffee. High-toned aroma with flowers, nut and a hint of pungent cedar. Richly tart, opulent acidity; full, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor is dominated by voluptuous notes of night flowers, orange, tart cherry, nut, all of which coast into a long, deep, clean finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:9
BODY:9
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:59/99

93
Roast: Light Review Date: September 2009
Origin: Panama Price: NA
An aromatically rich coffee, with round jasmine notes and hints of mixed berry fruitiness. Balanced acidity, soft mouthfeel and a delicate lemony flavor, with hints of flowers and sweet toned fruit that deepen and become more opulent as the cup cools. The bitter-sweet, flavor-saturated finish fades but sweetens further in the long.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:57/86

92
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: September 2009
Origin: Panama Price: NA
Sweet and deep in the aroma, with suggestions of flowers, butter, cedar. Smooth, rounded acidity and syrupy body in the cup, with continued floral notes, a cocoaish chocolate and richly tart fruit. Simple but long, resonant finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:54/83

91
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: September 2009
Origin: Panama Price: NA
A pungent fruit aroma with hints of flowers, cedar and red currant. In the cup, nicely balanced acidity, a lightly syrupy mouthfeel and flavors of peach and lemon that lean toward chocolate. The fruit-toned chocolate grows more distinct and lingers in the finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:53/79

94
Roast: Light Review Date: September 2008
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: NA
Sweet-toned, crisply balanced aroma: milk chocolate, cherryish fruit, a hint of freshly tanned leather. In the cup silky mouthfeel, bright acidity, distinct cocoa, orange and berry notes, dry yet lush. The flavor notes carry with depth, elegance and great persistence from short finish through long.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:57/86

95
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: September 2008
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: NA
Richly and sweetly bright aroma with aromatic wood, peach-toned fruit and cocoa notes. In the cup quietly acidy, elegantly crisply sweet, deeply floral, with distinct peach-toned fruit and hints of cocoaish chocolate that carry into a long, flavor-glistening finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:54/71

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: September 2008
Origin: Panama. Price: NA
Sweetly bright aroma, with tight-knit complexity: flowers, cocoa, honey, aromatic wood. In the cup lightly syrupy in mouthfeel, sweetly and lushly acidy but superbly balanced, with deep-toned night floral notes, orangy citrus and continued hints of cocoa and aromatic wood. Rich, flavor-saturated finish with a very slight astringency essentially lost in flowers.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:54/79

93
Roast: Light Review Date: September 2008
Origin: Panama. Price: NA
Sweet-toned, gently bright aroma: flowers, flowering grass, honey, a hint of cocoaish chocolate. In the cup lushly tart, deeply floral (jasmine, honeysuckle), with continued honey and crisp cocoa notes. The flowers in particular carry into a sweet finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:63/86

89
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: December 2007
Origin: Panama. Price: NA
Impressively intense, sweetly pungent aroma: flowers, chocolate, hints of butter and fresh-cut cedar. Rich, round, smooth-bodied and syrupy in the cup, with pleasing but limited aromatics: dusk flowers and hints of chocolate and dry berry that fade in the rich but simple finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:43/53

87
  • Apres Coffee

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Hacienda La Esmeralda Diamond Mountain

Roast: Dark Review Date: November 2007
Origin: Panama. Price: NA
Sweet-toned, deep aroma: cedar, walnut, hints of orange, chocolate and flowers. In the cup sweet, roasty but delicate, with continued walnut, orange, and a cocoaish chocolate. The mouthfeel is silky but a roasty astringency begins to dominate as the cup cools. The finish is rich, sweet and chocolate-toned; it grows slightly heavy as it fades but a sweet chocolate has the last word.
 
AROMA:8
BODY:7
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:35/42

94
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2007
Origin: Panama. Price: NA
Sweet-toned, quietly intense aroma: jasmine, sweet citrus, cocoa. In the cup the mouthfeel is silky, almost syrupy, the acidity intense but delicate with shimmers of white wine. Orange, lemon, cocoaish chocolate, floral notes. Long, deep, flavor-saturated finish.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:54/76

89
Roast: Medium Review Date: November 2007
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: NA
Co-cupper Miguel Meza's (88) description is succinct: "Cherry liqueur, smoke and chocolate." Ken (90) finds a similar palette: dark raisin-toned chocolate, red wine, cherry, flowers. Ken interprets Miguel's smoke notes as a slight hint of complicating mustiness. Altogether a quiet, wood-panels and leather easy chair sort of coffee.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:7
BODY:7
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:52/63

97
  • The Roasterie

    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Esmeralda Especial Best of Panama

Roast: Medium Review Date: October 2007
Origin: Panama. Price: NA
Lush, deeply fruity aroma: chocolate and red-wine-toned cherry. In the cup silky mouthfeel, richly balanced acidity, lavish cocoa, candied lemon, red wine, brandied cherry notes. Deep, flavor-saturated finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:44/58

94
Roast: Medium Review Date: September 2007
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: NA
High-toned, intense aroma with striking lemon, chocolate and menthol notes and a hint of flowers. In the cup softly and sweetly acidy with a lovely balance and distinct bittersweet chocolate and lemon notes. Superb finish: rich, crisp, saturated with a dry chocolate.
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:10
AGTRON:51/66

97
Roast: Medium Review Date: August 2007
Origin: Panama. Price: $37.95/12oz
Sweet-toned aroma dominated by a distinct honey character. In the cup syrupy mouthfeel, giddily and complexly lush with cherryish fruit, floral, and dry, brandyish chocolate notes. The finish is deep, honeyish sweet, and long.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:51/65

96
Roast: Medium Review Date: August 2007
Origin: Panama. Price: NA
Tart but lushly sweet aroma: Floral-saturated cherryish fruit and a cedary milk chocolate. In the cup the acidity is big, round, and deeply sweet, the general structure dry but opulent with a basket of berry/cherry notes, honey, flowers, chocolate. Rich, resonant finish with impressive flavor persistence.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:7
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:51/69

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: June 2007
Origin: Rwanda Price: NA
Intense, complex but elegant aromatics - flowers, chocolate, butter (or perhaps butterscotch), cherryish fruit - carry from nose through cup into the short finish. The acidity is gentle and balanced, the mouthfeel lean but delicate.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:7
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:47/60

92
Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2006
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: NA
Very sweet-toned, exquisitely balanced aroma with floral, candied lemon and sweet herb notes. In the cup intense, tartly sweet acidity and buoyant mouthfeel with white wine and continued sweet lemon notes. The barest hint of chocolate in the cup blooms with soft explicitness in the surprisingly sweet finish. The cup stiffens ever so slightly as it cools.
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:47/62

95
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2006
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: NA
Spectacularly aromatic in both dry and infused aroma: candied lemon peel, bergamot, hints of jasmine. Medium bodied and sweet, with superb acidity and flavors that suggest both the mentholated citrus of a Yirgacheffe and the blueberry notes of a Harrar, but without a trace of ferment or earthiness. Perfumed perfection.
 
AROMA:10
ACIDITY:9
BODY:8
FLAVOR:10
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:56/69

91
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: August 2006
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: NA
Cherry notes dominate in the very sweet-toned, pungently acidy aroma. Relatively light-bodied in the cup, but sweetly and buoyantly acidy, with striking and complex aromatic notes: cherry, tea rose, Meyer Lemon, orange, honey. Honey in particular persists in the rich, sweet, though slightly astringent finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:7
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:54/73

92
Roast: Light Review Date: October 2005
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: NA
Exquisitely delicate aroma suggests a fine Oolong tea, with extravagant floral notes but a distinct (and coffeeish) hint of chocolate. The chocolate strengthens in the cup, with a tartly sweet, lemon-toned acidity. The lemon-chocolate notes outlast a gentle astringency in the long, pleasing finish.
 
AROMA:8
ACIDITY:8
BODY:7
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:9
AGTRON:61/84

91
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: October 2005
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: $37.50/12oz
High-toned, complex aroma: lemon, flowers, sweet herbs, perhaps a cedar-toned, semi-sweet chocolate. Smoothes and quiets in the cup, with the semi-sweet chocolate, lemon and herb notes dominating. Slight but pleasing astringency in the finish.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:8
AFTERTASTE:8
AGTRON:42/53

92
  • The Roasterie

    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Panama Esmeralda Special, 2005

Roast: Medium Review Date: August 2005
Origin: Boquete, Panama Price: $37.50/12oz
Superb aroma: For Ken giddily floral with blueberry and cherry notes, for co-cupper Rodger Owen "a beautiful burst of lemon." In the cup crisply bright, intensely floral, sweetly and quietly lemon, then (for Ken) rounding toward an orange-toned chocolate. Slight astringency in the short finish but the floral notes had the last, lingering word in the long.
 
AROMA:9
ACIDITY:8
BODY:7
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:45/61

93
Roast: Medium Review Date: February 2005
Origin: Boquete growing district, western Panama Price: $35.00/12oz
Intense, high-toned aroma, complex but tightly knit: lemon, dry berry, flowers (tea rose?), milk chocolate. The acidity is powerful but roundly balanced, the body surprisingly full, the flavor explosive: rose water, sweet pipe tobacco, chocolate, all enveloped in a lemony richness. Lemon and chocolate notes carry into the finish, where they soften and enliven a slight astringency.
 
AROMA:10
ACIDITY:8
BODY:8
FLAVOR:9
AFTERTASTE:7
AGTRON:47/57