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PT's Coffee Roasting Co.

Esmeralda Noria Natural

Location: Topeka, Kansas

Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $47.50/8 ounces

Review Date: December 2016

Agtron: 58/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Expressive, balanced, richly sweet. Lemon blossom, baker’s chocolate, cashew butter, aged Tequila, tea rose in aroma and cup. Vibrant, balanced acidity; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. Lemon blossom and cashew butter carry the short finish, while notes of aged Tequila, suggesting a refined sweet ferment, return in the long, enveloped by baker’s chocolate.

Notes:

Coffee from trees of the botanical variety Gesha (also Geisha) grown on Price Peterson’s Hacienda La Esmeralda in Panama first introduced this extraordinary variety of Arabica to the world. With its bold, boat-shaped beans and distinctive floral and crisply cacao-toned cup, the Gesha continues to be one of the world’s most sought-after coffees, and the Esmeralda versions remain among the most authentic. This is a dry-processed or “natural” version, 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. This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a tasting of holiday coffees for Coffee Review‘s December 2016 tasting report. Roasted at PT’s Coffee, where the motto is “without the love, it’s just coffee.” Visit www.ptscoffee.com or call 888-678-5282 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A costly but rare and prestigious gift for the coffee-lover who values intricate yet elegant natural-processed Geshas.


This review originally appeared in the December, 2016 tasting report: Holiday Gift Coffees 2016