Kuma Coffee

Carmen Estate Natural Panama

Location: Seattle, Washington

Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.00/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2012

Agtron: 57/81

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Floral high notes and honey sweetness overlay deeper, earthier notes that suggest mushrooms, moist fresh-fallen leaves, or, in the cup, the vegetal chocolate of roasted cocoa nibs. Richly tart acidity hints at lemon; lean but silky mouthfeel. Flowers in particular carry into a drying finish.


This is a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, 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. Carmen Estate is among the most distinguished of Panama’s fine coffee farms, with a string of successes in green coffee competitions. Kuma Coffee is a small Seattle, Washington based roaster committed to the idea that coffee fosters relationships. Visit www.kumacoffee.com or call 206-384-6092 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Aficionados and coffee adventurers may enjoy this unusual dried-in-the-fruit profile, in which distinct floral notes are supported by backgrounded, savory, earth-toned suggestions.

This review originally appeared in the August, 2012 tasting report: Not Your Same Old Panama Coffees

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