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Temple Coffee and Tea

Panama La Esmeralda Noria Enero Geisha

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $76.00/8 ounces

Review Date: January 2017

Agtron: 57/83

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Delicately and sweetly tart. Lush rose, almond, plum, roasted cacao nib, tangerine zest in aroma and cup. Zesty, juicy-rich acidity; full, buoyant mouthfeel. The deeply sweet, resonant finish confidently rings on with all of the flavor notes from the cup.

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 wet-processed or “washed” version, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. Temple Coffee is a quality-focused retail and wholesale specialty roaster active in Sacramento, California since 2005. Committed to sourcing, roasting and brewing the finest coffees, Temple features coffee from distinguished single estates and cooperatives around the world. Visit www.templecoffee.com or call 916-454-1282 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A complex expression of Gesha’s potential beauty, with lush florals, sweet and tart fruit notes, and crisp cocoa throughout.