|Boquete growing region, western Panama
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.
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This review originally appeared in the August, 2012 tasting report: Not Your Same Old Panama Coffees