Klatch Coffee

Panama Don Pachi Natural Geisha

Location: Los Angeles, California

Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $59.95/8 ounces

Review Date: August 2012

Agtron: 55/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Extraordinary deep, shifting complexity. Honey, brandy, plum, dark chocolate, lush dusk flowers in aroma and cup, although along the way any number of other aromatic notes emerge with brief, startling clarity. Round, savory-sweet structure; rich, brandyish acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Long, flavor-saturated finish.


Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Geisha (more properly spelled Gesha). With its generally elongated beans and distinctive floral and crisp, often chocolaty cup, the Gesha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world’s most unique coffees. 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. Klatch Coffee 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 Clatch coffee espresso blend. Visit www.klatchroasting.com or call 877-455-2824 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Any coffee drinker with the cash to buy an amazing expression of sensory complexity.

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

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