|Roaster Location:||San Dimas, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Boquete growing region, western Panama|
|Review Date:||September 2008|
Blind Assessment: A complex aromatic profile with hints of caramel, honey, fruit, toasted grains and chocolate. Bright, tangy acidity, with a full, elegant mouthfeel. A well balanced cup, tangy Key lime and juicy orange-like tones fade toward a round, satisfying sweetness. A clean aftertaste overall, with slight hints of melted milk chocolate lingering in the long finish.
Notes: This coffee is Rainforest Alliance certified, meaning it was produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. Carmen Estate is among the most distinguished of Panama's many fine coffee farms, with a string of successes in green coffee competitions. This is Carmen Estate's exclusively selected "1750 Reserve," a small lot of very high-grown coffee mostly from trees of the traditional typica variety. Coffee Klatch is an award-winning small-batch roasting company in the Los Angeles area whose resident barista and trainer, Heather Perry, won both the 2003 and 2007 United States Barista Championships brewing a Coffee Klatch espresso blend. Visit www.klatchroasting.com or call 877-455-2824 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy crisp, understated sophistication in an environmentally certified cup.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2008 tasting report: The Rainforest Alternative: Twelve plus One Rainforest-Certified Coffees