Willoughby's Coffee & Tea

Panama Elida Estate Natural

Location: Branford, Connecticut

Origin: Alto Quiel, Boquete, Panama.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $18.99/16 ounces

Review Date: August 2012

Agtron: 51/66

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicately rich, deeply fruit-toned: minty chocolate, caramel and lushly carnal fruit, apricot or mango. Gentle, deep-toned acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor-saturated finish.


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. The Lamastus family’s Elida Estate averages the highest growing elevations in Panama: 5,500 to 8,200 feet (1,700 to 2,500 meters). Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea is a pioneer specialty coffee roaster established in the early 1980s that has gracefully and successfully moved with the times and now offers a menu of extremely refined small-lot, single-origin coffees. Visit www.willoughbyscoffee.com or call 800-388-8400 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: More chocolaty depth and richness than brandy and fruit in this surprisingly clean and balanced dried-in-the-fruit natural.

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

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