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Klatch Panama Sweeps The Podium!

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Great news from Klatchville! We recently received Klatchtastic high scores on our new crop Panamas from Coffee Review. Ken Davids gave our Esmeralda Leon 96 points, Don Pachi Natural Geisha 94 and Elida Natural 93.

Read more about the specificity of each coffee review.

96 Points for Esmeralda Leon by Ken Davids


Blind Assessment: Intense, complex floral notes, from crisp lavender to sweet lilies, with an underlying nut-toned dark chocolate that suggests fine roasted cocoa nibs. Zesty orange citrus. Rich acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. The finish may be a tad too dry for some coffee drinkers but it is rich and deeply flavor-saturated.
Notes: This is an auction lot of Esmeralda Gesha from Hacienda La Esmeralda, the producer that first introduced the celebrated Gesha variety of Arabica to the world. Léon is a 2012 batch of Esmeralda Gesha; in this case a batch is defined as coffee that has been harvested together on the same date. With its generally elongated beans and distinctive floral and crisp, often chocolaty cup, the Gesha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world's most unique coffees. This Gesha was processed by the orthodox wet or washed method, in which both skin and fruit flesh are removed from the beans or seeds before they are dried. Klatch Coffee is an award-winning small-batch roasting company in the Los Angeles area whose resident barista and trainer, Heather Perry, won both the 2003 and 2007 United States Barista Championships brewing a Klatch Coffee espresso blend. Visit www.klatchroasting.com or call 877-455-2824 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Those who can handle the price and the intensity: a Gesha on steroids.



94 Points for Don Pachi Natural Geisha by Ken Davids


Blind Assessment: Extraordinary deep, shifting complexity. Honey, brandy, plum, dark chocolate, lush dusk flowers in aroma and cup, although along the way any number of other aromatic notes emerge with brief, startling clarity. Round, savory-sweet structure; rich, brandyish acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Long, flavor-saturated finish.
Notes: Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Geisha (more properly spelled Gesha). With its generally elongated beans and distinctive floral and crisp, often chocolaty cup, the Gesha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world's most unique coffees. This is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, 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. Klatch Coffee is an award-winning small-batch roasting company in the Los Angeles area whose resident barista and trainer, Heather Perry, won both the 2003 and 2007 United States Barista Championships brewing a Clatch coffee espresso blend. Visit www.klatchroasting.com or call 877-455-2824 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: Any coffee drinker with the cash to buy an amazing expression of sensory complexity.



93 Points for Elida Natural by Ken Davids


Blind Assessment: Impressively rich, deep, savory-sweet; dark chocolate, dusk flowers, honey, berry in aroma and cup. Comfortably backgrounded acidity; full, almost chewy mouthfeel. Chocolate in particular carries into a long, resonant finish.
Notes: This is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, 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. The Lamastus family’s Elida Estate averages the highest growing elevations in Panama: 5,500 to 8,200 feet (1,700 to 2,500 meters). Clatch coffee is an award-winning small-batch roasting company in the Los Angeles area whose resident barista and trainer, Heather Perry, won both the 2003 and 2007 United States Barista Championships brewing a Clatch coffee espresso blend. Visit www.klatchroasting.com or call 877-455-2824 for more information.
Who Should Drink It: The style of coffee we used to call “after-dinner” coffee, meaning a rich, full-bodied, deeply complex coffee with acidity pushed to the background.


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