A high-toned cup, but mild and balanced as well. Honeysuckle blossom, candied apricot, a clean and refined sweetness, light body and creamy mouthfeel, almond at lighter roasts and mild bittersweet chocolate tones at FC roast levels. City to Full City+
The Volcan area is on the opposite side of Volcan Baru from the well-known town of Boquete, all in the state of Chirqui, western Panama. This coffee is a selection of small-farm lots from the higher altitudes of the Paso Ancho area, between the town of Volcan and Bambito, on the way to Cerro Punto. Most of these are farms too small to do lot separations, but they all come from the same basic terroir and are planted in Caturra and Bourbon (with some Catuai). And they are all located between 1750 and 1900 meters, very high altitude! The result is a bright, crisp cup that has the density to take on a wide range of roasts. The dry fragrance has ample sweetness, suggestions of caramel apple, and spice. The wet aroma is fruited and spicy; passionfruit, peach preserves, cinnamon stick. The cup has a crystal-clear brightness, a crisp acidity, effervescent and lively. There are floral flavors, honeysuckle blossom, candied apricot, a clean and refined sweetness. All through the roast range from City to Full City+ the coffee maintains its clarity, even as mildy bittersweet chocolate roast tones at FC roast levels. The body is well-suited to the cup, fairly light, but has creamy mouthfeel. There is a almond-like roast tone to the lighter levels (City, City+) and the finish is brief. It's no powerhouse flavor profile, but a classy, delicate cup with distinct soprano range of flavors. In an age of experimental pulp natural Panamas, it is fantastic to have a coffee like this, demonstrating the timeless and classic cup characteristics that made Panama a respected name!