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Joe Van Gogh Coffee

Panama Dos Ruedas

Location: Hillsborough, North Carolina

Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2016

Agtron: 59/79

Aroma: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Smooth, fragrant, lively. The three reviewers for this coffee lined up nicely in respect to rating: John DiRuocco at 93, Jen Apodaca at 93, and Ken at 94. All found the buoyant, richly silky mouthfeel particularly impressive (Jen: “light and airy on the tongue like a meringue cookie”). All three reviewers additionally cited caramel notes, and two sweet flowers. The subtle but explicit sweetness attracted a range of candy-toned positives, from vanilla marshmallow (Jen) to, in three parts milk, dulce de leche (John).

Notes:

Produced by Alexis Batista from trees of the Catuai, Caturra, Typica and Gesha varieties of Arabica. Processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). This coffee tied for the top rating in a tasting of single-origin espressos from the Americas for Coffee Review‘s November 2016 tasting report. Joe Van Gogh is a small-batch roasting company with a focus on certified organic coffees. In addition to its Internet store, it operates three coffeehouses in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Visit www.joevangogh.com or call 919-644-0111 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A finely balanced, melodic espresso, satiny in the small cup and sweetly seductive in milk.


This review originally appeared in the November, 2016 tasting report: New-World Espressos: Single-Origin Espressos from the Americas

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