La Esmeralda by Terroir Coffee Review |
  • Terroir Coffee

    Acton, Massachusetts
  • La Esmeralda

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2009
Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama Price: NA

Blind Assessment: 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.

Notes: Coffee from trees of the botanical variety "Gesha" or "Geisha" grown on farmer Price Peterson's Hacienda La Esmeralda in Panama has for the last several years consistently broken records paid for a green coffee. With its long, boat-shaped beans and distinctive floral and chocolate cup, the Esmeralda Panama Gesha continues as one of the world's most unique coffees. This particular lot is known as Mario Carnival. "Mario" refers to the area of the farm in which the coffee was grown, and "Carnaval" the time of year when this particular lot was harvested, relatively early during February, thus associating it with pre-Lenten Carnaval festivities. Terroir is a microroaster focusing on elite single-origin coffees. It is a pioneer in the revival of medium roast styles designed to foreground the character of the green coffee. Terroir is the creation of George Howell, one of the world's leading coffee visionaries. Visit or call 866-444-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A particularly strong-gestured version of the remarkable and unique Esmeralda Geisha profile.


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