Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters
Panama La Torcaza
|Roaster Location:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Coffee Origin:||Bouquete growing region, western Panama.|
|Review Date:||February 2003|
Blind Assessment: Intense but balanced acidity, medium body, and tartly sweet fruit notes --berry and citrus -- that soften toward chocolate in the finish. Director of Coffee Geoff Watts praises this coffee's "grace and completeness."
Notes: La Torcaza is one of several coffee farms located around the base of Volcan Baru near the Costa Rica border that produce exceptional, distinctive coffees. Intelligentsia is a leading Chicago-area roaster with a Keith Haring-style logo, excellent coffee, and a commitment to quality epitomized by the practice of printing roast dates on coffee packaging. Visit www.intelligentsiacoffee.com or call 888-945-9786 for more info.
Who Should Drink It: Coffee classicists for its clean, sweetly acidy Central America character; coffee romantics for its berry and citrus nod toward East Africa.
This review originally appeared in the February, 2003 tasting report: Roasters' Choices