TCC Proudly Presents: Hacienda La Esmeralda Special
03.06.2009Klaus Thomsen

As you might have seen previously we have been fortunate enough to obtain a lot of the famous Esmeralda Special (Pascua lot) on this years auction of the Peterson family’s prime coffee.

Thursday June 11th at 17:00 – 20:00 we’re proud to invite you to the grand release of the Esmeralda Special – for the first time in Denmark.

We’ll present samples of the Esmeralda Special in different brew methods, open cupping sessions and flavour comparisons of aromas found in the coffee with the actual fruits/flowers/whatever.

So what makes the Esmeralda Special so special?
Well, first off it’s the variety Geisha, that was imported from Ethiopia into Panama in the middle of the last century. This variety apparently took really well to the Panamanian micro-climate around the town of Boquete and the Peterson family have done a great job in cultivating it. The coffee is selectively hand picked and then mechanically demucilaged, washed and then dried with sun or a combination of sun a machine drying. All the Esmeralda Special lots on auction were (of course) vacuum packed.

The Esmeralda Special have been awarded many times and it’s the first farm I know of to have an internet auction for their own coffee. We like how the usual Buyer/Seller power has shifted in this regard. Esmeralda Special have won: 
· 1st Place “Best of Panama” (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004)
· 1st Place Specialty Coffee Association of America Roasters Guild Cupping Pavilion (2007, 2006, 2005)
· 2nd Place Coffee of The Year (2008)
· 1st Place Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality (2008, 2007, 2006, 2004)

We’ll post more about the taste description in the coming days and of course reveal the actual label. Meanwhile you can read more about Hacienda La Esmeralda on their website.


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