Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Panama Lino Esmeralda Geisha Natural

Location: La Jolla, California

Origin: Cañas Verdes, Boquete growing region, western Panama.

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $51.00/8 ounces

Review Date: September 2015

Agtron: 67/88

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Crisply sweet, deeply and exhilaratingly intricate. Orange blossom, ripe raspberry, roasted cacao nib, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Brisk but juicy, complexly nuanced acidity; smooth, satiny mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but resonates in a long, echoing finish.


This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 18 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2015. With its bold, boat-shaped beans and distinctive floral and crisply cacao-toned cup, the Gesha (also Geisha) variety of Arabica continues to produce some of the world’s most unique coffees, and the Esmeralda versions from the Peterson family farms in Panama remain among the most authentic. This is a dry-processed or “natural” preparation, 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. Based in the San Diego area, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a retailer and wholesaler focused on organic and socially responsible coffees; it was awarded the “2012 Micro Roaster of the Year” title from Roast Magazine. Visit www.birdrockcoffee.com or call 858-551-1707 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who value exhilarating aroma and flavor supported by a complexly expressed structure as crisply dry as it is juicily sweet.

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