Panama Volcancito Don K
Panama Volcancito Don K
Don K is a short name for 'Don Koyner', or Senor Koyner. Senor Koyner refers to Alexander Koyner MacIntyre who emigrated from Canada to Panama in the early 1900's to purse coffee farming. He bought a large swath of land in what is now Volcancito de Boquete, in Northern Panama's Chiriqui Province and began to produce cherry. He also built the Kotowa wet mill for processing which is widely considered to be the oldest coffee processing station in all of Panama. The original wooden processing equipment is still maintained for show at the mill by Ricardo Koyner, Alexander's grandson who know owns and operates the coffee farms and mill. Don K is immediately adjacent to the Koyner's organic farm Duncan Estate which creates an interesting display of organic vs. conventional production methodology. Although several of each farm's slopes face the Pacific Ocean and Boquete Valley differently, and therefore having different exposure to daylight, its about as good a glimpse into tasting something processed in both manners that I have seen in the coffee world. Although scoring is often within a point or two of each other, each farm displays unique flavor from the other.This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.
Don K is such a sweet and versatile coffee, and whose profile bodes well throughout the roast spectrum. Now 'Rich' isn't a descriptor that I (aleco) am overly fond of. It rarely connotates specific flavor ideas which leaves too much up for grabs in the description. Anywho, Don K IS a 'rich' coffee and let me tell you why. Who doesn't like ice cream sundaes? That's what I thought. Aromatically Don K reminds me of fudge brownie, buttery caramel sauce, toasted hazlenut, vanilla as well as dried ginger and cardamom and that's just the dry fragrance. Along with sweet spices like cinnamon and allspice we found stewed fruits, blueberry and butterscotch in the break. Catch my drift? Sundaes are 'rich' like Don K. The lighter, City roast was very fresh and effervescent. Crisp, Granny Smith apple and freshly spun honey came to mind while the cup was warm before it cooled into sweeter red apple and semi-sweet chocolate in the finish. The Full City roast was more tart somehow with white grape present from start to finish as the cup cooled. This time around the cacao was more high % like 80%. The mouthfeel on both roasts, while creamy, is medium bodied which allows for the sweetness and higher notes to shine.