Dragonfly Coffee Roasters
Panama Estate Reserve: Elida Estate Natural
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama.
Est. Price: $18.00/12 ounces
Review Date: September 2014
Deep, low-toned, opulent. Minty dark chocolate, ripe pineapple, orange, hints of clove and lilac in aroma and cup. Rich, round, vibrant acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Fruit-nuanced chocolate rings far into a long, resonant finish.
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. The Lamastus family’s Elida Estate averages the highest growing elevations in Panama: 5,500 to 8,200 feet (1,700 to 2,500 meters).Dragonfly Coffee is a Boulder, Colorado based micro-roaster aiming to produce high-quality coffee and support worthy causes. Visit www.dragonflycoffeeroasters.com or call 303-579-2154 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Christmas in September. The dark chocolate, ripe fruit and hints of mint and warm spice suggest holiday pleasures.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2014 tasting report: Honey and Natural Process Coffees, Central America 2014