Panama La Esmeralda Especial
|Roaster Location:||Newport Beach, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Boquete growing region, western Panama|
|Est. Price:||$39.95/10 ounces|
|Review Date:||December 2012|
Delicate, crisp, vibrantly complex. Floral suggestions range from honeysuckle to rose to lavender. Honey, cocoa-nib, almond in aroma and cup. Gently and sweetly brisk acidity; quite light but very silky mouthfeel. Flavor-saturated finish has deep and lasting persistence despite the delicacy of the cup.
An exceptional lot of the rare and celebrated Gesha (also spelled Geisha) variety of Arabica from Hacienda La Esmeralda, the farm that first introduced Gesha to the world. 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 Gesha was processed by the orthodox wet or washed method, in which both skin and fruit flesh are removed from the beans or seeds before they are dried, emphasizing the clarity and delicacy of the profile. This coffee is Rainforest Alliance certified, meaning it was produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. With two locations in Southern California's Orange County, Kéan Coffee is an in-house coffee roaster and retailer established by Martin Diedrich of the distinguished Diedrich coffee family. The Kéan slogan, "Martin knows his beans" should be true, considering Martin grew up in Guatemala where his family owned a coffee farm.Visit www.keancoffee.com or call 949-933-9164 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
As refreshing and heady as a tropical morning, a cliché that seems absolutely justified by this light, levitating version of the rare Gesha variety. Buy it close to when you’re going to drink it, and if you give it, make sure it doesn’t sit in the gift pile too long.
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This review originally appeared in the December, 2012 tasting report: Holiday Coffees: Solid to Spectacular