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Panama Auction Lot Coffees; 2004 Cupping

For the first time in a couple years I did not attend the Best of Panama coffee competition in Boquete Panama - just too many trips scheduled and too busy here at home-roasting-central. So the next best thing is to get the samples and roast them in my own lab (er, more like the cupping closet since its a bit overcrowded and small these days). But we also gathered at Royal Coffee's elegant and spacious cupping room to evaluate the coffees prepared on a JB sample roaster, as opposed to my own air roast samples.

This was just a small, friendly, casual cupping to evaluate the coffees and think about bid amounts on the day before the competitive auction. There was one table of coffees (8) and another 3 on the counter, totalling 11. We cupped them all in one flight, with 4 cups prepared of each sample. For me, there were 2 standouts, 2 that were quite good, 6 that were okay, and one that was baggy and off -how did that get in there? The two standouts neded up being the #1 and #2 coffees, the Jaramillo and the Leru, which we bought in conjunction with Stumptown Coffee from Portland.

Robert Fulmer, bossman at Royal Coffee, looks over the first table of Panamas

Duane of Stumptown Coffee in Portland "breaks the crust" on a cup.

Scott Reed stirs and sniffs ... at the same time!

Bob moves in close for the smell

Luscious lighting at Royal's fancified cupping room, which makes mine look like a janitor's closet.

More of the same - hey, I was learning to use my new digital camera.

Bob ... again. Actually it was a small turnout of 6 people - Steven Leach from Diedrich and Ken Davids were no-shows. Duane was the star - he flew down from Portland just for the cupping.

Blurry yet somehow sort of disco. Stumptown and Sweet Maria's bid together in the auction on the two most impressive coffees, the #1 Jaramillo Especial from Finca Esmeralda, and the #2 coffee "Leru" which is a Lerida Estate lot processed by Cafe Ruiz mill.

Scott Reed, thinking with a spoon. Note the placement of the spittoon.
Good work Scott!

Shaggy dog - watch the hair, Duane.

If you are in the Portland area, Stumptown is definitely a place to check out. They roast locally, buy really good green coffee, and have expertise in espresso. And a pretty nifty web site too.

Read about the #1 coffee, Panama Jaramillo Especial

Read our Panama Cupping Review Page


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