City+ (once again) is where you will experience the most citrus and floral aspects of this cup, which is, after all, what makes it so special. Frankly, this coffee is fantastic anywhere after 1st crack through early 2nd crack.
Lerida Estate is synonymous with Boquete, and with fine Panama coffee. The farm is owned by the Collins family, as it has been since the beginning. And these people are serious about coffee and about Lerida. Compliment John Collins that his Lerida is the archetypal Boquete cup profile (bright, clean, nuanced, sweet) and he will look at you with disdain. "Lerida is NOT a Boquete coffee: Lerida is LERIDA." What does that mean (besides the fact that a certain somebody needs to spend a little more time among human beings rather than coffee trees). I don't know what it means really; I guess Lerida is incomparable. And I agree, it is more than a benchmark for Boquete, but with the auction-winning Lerida lots we bought 5-7 years ago I learned what truly great Central coffee was about. And here it is again this year: Lerida at it's best. The dry fragrance has clear floral and citric character, as well as a strong malt-like sweetness verging on caramel. This sweet character, with hints of hop flowers and jasmine comes through in the aroma, and cup flavors too. What a nice, crisp, lively, floral and lightly fruited cup. Lemon wafer cookies ... that's what I think about when this cup cools, but I can't decide precisely because there's a bit of 'Nilla Wafer cookies in there too. This is the the definition of fine, clean Boquete coffee! Well-defined lemon essence lingers above an low-level caramel sweetness, and right through the aftertaste. Refined but in no way uninteresting, citrus blossom aftertaste lingers. It's fairly mild coffee overall, and very approachable. The body is light, but gains points for its syrupy texture. As it cools, it opens up, and gives more access to it's special character. The brightness and slightly rindy citrus of the year's Lerida peaberry is reminiscent of Kenya, oddly. It's a nice cup!