Bacca Cafe

Panama La Berlina Typica Natural

Location: Tainan City, Taiwan

Origin: Boquete growing region, western Panama.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: NT$ 480/8 ounces

Review Date: September 2014

Agtron: 56/76

Aroma: 10

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicate and exotic. Sugar cane, ripe lime, orange, fresh-cut cedar, wisteria, a hint of rye whisky in aroma and cup. Soft, lyrically sweet acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet, cleanly whisky-toned finish.


La Berlina is an award-winning Panama farm. The trees that produced this lot of coffee are believed to represent a particularly old strain of the Typica variety of Arabica originally brought to Panama. A fine example of a “natural” or dry-processed coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a flavor profile that is sweeter and deeper-toned than the more familiar wet-processed coffees of Panama. Bacca Café is a Taiwanese family-owned small café that roasts its own coffee and bakes its own pastries with sustained respect for the quality and provenance of green coffees and bakery ingredients. Call +886-6-580-6009 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy natural sweetness and gentle aromatic surprise in a coffee that proposes the classic while quietly transcending it.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2014 tasting report: Honey and Natural Process Coffees, Central America 2014

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