Providing a superb aromatic and taste profile, this new crop (2012) offers honeysuckle and caramel on the nose, turning to toffee, mild citrus and honey dew melon along with subtle hints of fruit in the cup.
Ken Davids from Coffee Review recently scored our Kotowa Duncan 92 points!
Blind Assessment: Complex, spicy floral notes, tangerine-like citrus, sweet dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Brisk acidity; smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Rich, balanced, flower-saturated finish.
Who Should Drink It: The complex floral notes, which include spicy florals like aromatic tea rose and bitterish florals like lavender, are one good reason for aficionados to seek out this unusual coffee.
Kotowa meaning "mountain" comes from the native language of Ngobe Indian. Alexander Duncan Maclntyre came to Panama in 1913 from Canada, where he fell in love with the land, the people and the magic. Four generations of Alexander's family have cultivated and processes quality coffee. Today, the estate is being managed by Alexander's great grandson, Ricardo Koyner.
Kotowa Estate sits on the green mountain highlands of Panama near Volcán Barú with a distant view of the Pacific Ocean. The estate is naturally blessed with consistent cool climate, creating coffee that holds great tasting characteristics.
Sustainability efforts at Duncan Estate are embedded into production and processes profoundly. There ecological mill uses only one liter per pound of green coffee, lower then 10-20 liter used by many other mills around the world. All the by-products from milling activity (pulp and waste water) are used to produce the organic fertilizer, which is use in combination with other fertilizers.
Protection of the virgin forests in the surrounding areas of the estate a major principle, ensuring there's no hazard fires in the dry season nor hunting or degradation of the environment. In addition, 500 acres of untouched virgin rainforest considered to be wildlife sanctuary, which is currently a natural habitat to both local and migratory birds. In order to ensure the lively hood of wildlife, they have planted over 500 indigenous trees that produce fruit and nuts for feeding. In 2006 The National Environmental Agency presented Kotowa as the winner of The Panama National Award for The Years Environmentally Cleanest Industry.
In addition to environmental efforts, Kotowa has implemented many social programs for the children of Kotowa and their families who work on the estate. Proving free medical care, day care and after school programs. Earning recognition from UNICEF for nine consecutive years.