|Roaster Location:||Topeka, Kansas|
|Coffee Origin:||Boquete growing region, western Panama|
|Review Date:||September 2009|
Blind Assessment: Delicately rich, balanced but gracefully intense coffee. High-toned aroma with flowers, nut and a hint of pungent cedar. Richly tart, opulent acidity; full, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor is dominated by voluptuous notes of night flowers, orange, tart cherry, nut, all of which coast into a long, deep, clean finish.
Notes: 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 "Carnaval" the time of year when this particular lot was harvested, relatively early during February, thus associating it with pre-Lenten Carnaval festivities. Tactfully roasted at PT's Coffee, where the motto is "without the love, it's just coffee." Like all Esmeraldas, this exceptionally distinguished coffee is expensive: in this case $55.95 per 10-ounce bag. Visit www.ptscoffee.com or call 888-678-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: High rollers who can afford a particularly complete version of one of the world's greatest coffees.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2009 tasting report: Half Way to Napa? Panamas 2009