Coffee Review: Panama Perci Estate by Willoughby's Coffee
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: October 2012
Origin: Silla Del Pando, Volcan, Panama. Price: $45.00/8 ounces

Blind Assessment: Exhilaratingly complex: crisp, lavender-like flowers, honey, roasted cocoa nib, pipe tobacco, a clean hint of brandy in aroma and cup. The acidity is lushly floral-toned and resonant, the mouthfeel syrupy but lively. Clean, sweet, lightly flavor-saturated finish.

Notes: Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Gesha (also spelled Geisha). With its elegantly elongated beans and distinctive floral and crisp, often chocolaty cup, the Gesha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world's most unique coffees. This particular Gesha is produced on the “Ninety-Plus” Gesha estates, and displays a unique red tinge to the bean. This is a dry-processed or "natural" version of the Gesha, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or "washed" coffees. 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: Aficionados who can afford another extraordinary variation on the great Gesha profile: balanced, deep, vibrant, lush.

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