|Roaster Location:||Bellingham, Washington|
|Coffee Origin:||Boquete growing region, western Panama|
|Review Date:||September 2009|
An aromatically rich coffee, with round jasmine notes and hints of mixed berry fruitiness. Balanced acidity, soft mouthfeel and a delicate lemony flavor, with hints of flowers and sweet toned fruit that deepen and become more opulent as the cup cools. The bitter-sweet, flavor-saturated finish fades but sweetens further in the long.
Coffee from trees of the botanical variety "Gesha" or "Geisha" grown on farmer Price Peterson's Hacienda La Esmeralda in Panama has for the last several years consistently broken records paid for a green coffee. With its long, boat-shaped beans and distinctive floral and chocolate cup, the Esmeralda Panama Gesha continues one of the world's most unique coffees. "Mario" refers to the area of the farm in which the coffee was grown, and "Pascua" to the time of year when this lot was harvested: April, the month of Easter or Pascua, relatively late in the harvest. Founded in 1971 Tony's Coffees & Teas is a wholesale coffee roasting company. Although their roasting facility is in Bellingham, the company maintains distribution and training centers in Seattle, Washington and San Jose, California. This coffee is available only through the website. Like all Esmeraldas, it is expensive: in this case $35.95 per 12-ounce bag. Visit www.tonyscoffee.com or call 800-448-8804 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Complex floral notes highlight this version of one of the world's greatest coffees.
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This review originally appeared in the September, 2009 tasting report: Half Way to Napa? Panamas 2009