Coffee Review - Panama Elida Reserve by Willoughby's Coffee
Roast: Medium Review Date: August 2012
Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama Price: $16.99/16 ounces

Blind Assessment: Briskly tart, bracingly bittersweet. Tangerine-like fruit, hints of flowers, fir and almond in aroma and cup. Surprisingly full, syrupy mouthfeel; richly tart acidity. The profile sweetens and softens in the finish, with the fruit and nut taking an unexpected turn toward chocolate.

Notes: A washed or wet-processed coffee, meaning both skin and fruit flesh were removed from the beans before drying, a practice which generally intensifies acidity and clarity of flavor. The Lamastus family’s Elida Estate averages the highest growing elevations in Panama: 5,500 to 8,200 feet (1,700 to 2,500 meters). Willoughby's Coffee & Tea is a pioneer specialty coffee roaster established in the early 1980s that has gracefully and successfully moved with the times and now offers a menu of extremely refined small-lot, single-origin coffees. Visit or call 800-388-8400 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy a bracingly bright old-fashioned American cup.


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