I've had a lot of fantastic coffee this year—from some of the best roasters in the world—and this coffee ranks high among them.
Since returning from a trip to Scandinavia this fall, where I first tasted the coveted Hacienda la Esmeralda as well as a cup of the winning coffee from this year's Nordic Roasting Champion—I had been continually underwhelmed by much of the coffee I've had since. The coffee hasn't been bad by any means, however it dulled in comparison. I was beginning to think I had raised the bar so high, it would be hard to recapture that feeling of awe from an incredible cup of coffee.
However, this selection put things back into perspective. From the moment I opened the bag of PT's Panama Elida Estate, I felt like a kid in a candy shoppe. The aroma was so sweet and potent, it quickly overtook my studio. Lemon wafers, syrup smothered waffles, and sugar cane filled the air, while the essence of macadamia and hazelnut took my mind someplace exotic. While my first pot was brewing, I took a moment to bask in the the sweet haze when the combined fragrances struck me as one—Crunch Berries. This coffee smelled like a box of my favorite childhood cereal, it was splendid.
While enjoying my first sip, I looked out at the morning sun reflecting on the melting snow, and smiled. This coffee tastes as brilliant as it smells. A deliciously sweet and juicy mouthfeel is highlighted with a pleasant lemon zest, while hints of pineapple, chocolate and hazelnut fade into a smooth, woody finish.
Sip after sip, this coffee is fantastic. I definitely look forward to my next shipment from Kansas. Hat's off to the guys at PT's.
December 27, 2010
/ Dir. Trade, Relationship