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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Elida Estate Panama

Location: La Jolla, California

Origin: Elida Estate, western Panama.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $25.99/12 ounces

Review Date: July 2014

Agtron: 57/74

Aroma: 10

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Balanced but extravagantly and exotically aromatic. Minty dark chocolate, lush flowers, fresh-cut cedar, rye whisky, complexly layered fruit – strawberry, mango, guava – in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; full, very smooth mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around the chocolate tendency in a resonant finish.

Notes:

A fine example of a “natural” or dry-processed coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a flavor profile that is sweeter and deeper-toned than the more familiar wet-processed coffees of Panama. Produced entirely from tree of the respected Catuai variety of Arabica. Elida Estate is one of Panama’s most distinguished farms. Based in the San Diego area, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a retailer and wholesaler focused on organic and socially responsible coffees; it was awarded the “2012 Roaster of the Year” title from Roast Magazine. Visit www.birdrockcoffeeroasters.com or call 858-551-1707 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Here the round, balanced structure for which Panamas are famous supports an exhilarating display of juicy fruit suggestions, opulent flowers, and a hint of whiskey.