Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Panama Duncan Estate Wine-Processed

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: El Salto, Boquete growing region, Panama

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.00/8 ounces

Review Date: October 2017

Agtron: 54/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

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.


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.

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