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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Panama Duncan Estate Wine-Processed

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: El Salto, Boquete growing region, Panama

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.00/8 ounces

Review Date: October 2017

Agtron: 54/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Fruit-forward, richly chocolate-toned. Dark chocolate, Concord grape, peach brandy, Graham cracker, aromatic orchid in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart, fruit-toned in structure; satiny mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish fulfills the promise of the cup, with resonant notes of fruit and chocolate throughout.

Notes:

Produced by Richard Koyner of Duncan Estate exclusively from trees of the Caturra variety of Arabica. This is a dried-in-the-fruit or “natural” coffee, but one that was allowed to partly dry on the trees before picking and final drying, a practice which helps impart a mildly fermenty or wine-like character to the fruit notes. 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 Micro-Roaster of the Year” title from Roast Magazine. Visit www.birdrockcoffee.com or call 858-551-1707 for more information.

The Bottom Line: An unusual variation on the dry or natural process applied to a fine Panama coffee, netting a cup rich with chocolate and fruit notes: elegant, high-toned, with pleasing notes of sweet ferment.