The 2012 Leon is a an awesome new crop! We expected great quality, to begin with, but this particular crop exceeded our expectations. It is located next to Montaña, on the Cañas Verdes side of the mountain in Boquete Panama at 1,700-1,800 meters. Daniel and Rachel Peterson decided to separate this lot from others as they found it multi-layered and complex and we could not agree more. The floral (Jasmine) on the nose and stone fruit (peach) in the cup were typical of Esmeralda Geisha but with very high and bright acidity and an intensely jammy, juicy cup. The hints of pineapple was another layer of flavor we loved. This is definitely one of our favorite crops from the Peterson Family.
96 points scored by Ken Davids from Coffee Review (2012):
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.