Panama La Florentina
|Bouquete region of Panama, near the Costa Rican border.
The reader who nominated this coffee rated it an 85 -- 89, citing its "great aroma and floral hints," and adding that it is "a great breakfast coffee." I'd agree, though the sample I cupped may have sat around in its elegant bag too long. It belongs to the authoritative rather than the delicate style of Panama: intensely acidy, yet still displaying the bright, high-toned sweet nut, floral and fruit notes characteristic of this underappreciated origin. I felt the profile suffered from bitterness, however, which turned the acidity a bit too assertive for many coffee drinkers.
Starbucks buys all of the estate-grade production from this fine Panama farm and brings it to a moderate roast style rather than the darker style most people associate with Big Green Visit
Who Should Drink It
Exiles from Main street who find themselves in a Starbucks store.
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This review originally appeared in the December, 2002 tasting report: Readers' Choices