|Roaster Location:||San Diego, California|
|Coffee Origin:||El Salto, Boquete growing region, Panama|
|Est. Price:||$18.00/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||October 2017|
Blind Assessment: Fruit-forward, richly chocolate-toned. Dark chocolate, Concord grape, peach brandy, Graham cracker, aromatic orchid in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart, fruit-toned in structure; satiny mouthfeel. The flavor-saturated finish fulfills the promise of the cup, with resonant notes of fruit and chocolate throughout.
Notes: Produced by Richard Koyner of Duncan Estate exclusively from trees of the Caturra variety of Arabica. This is a dried-in-the-fruit or “natural” coffee, but one that was allowed to partly dry on the trees before picking and final drying, a practice which helps impart a mildly fermenty or wine-like character to the fruit notes. Based in the San Diego area, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a retailer and wholesaler focused on organic and socially responsible coffees; it was awarded the “2012 Micro-Roaster of the Year” title from Roast Magazine. Visit www.birdrockcoffee.com or call 858-551-1707 for more information.
The Bottom Line: An unusual variation on the dry or natural process applied to a fine Panama coffee, netting a cup rich with chocolate and fruit notes: elegant, high-toned, with pleasing notes of sweet ferment.