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Starbucks Reserve® Panama Carmen Estate

Elegant, with distinct citrus complexity and a praline-like sweetness.

For the first time, we have the opportunity to bring you an offering from Panama’s acclaimed Carmen Estate – a family-owned business that produces some of the world’s best specialty coffees. For three generations, the Franceschi family has taken great pride in selectively picking only the ripest, bright red coffee cherries at their absolute peak of flavor.

So in demand is coffee from this estate that, typically, their annual harvest is presold well in advance. When we were offered the chance to acquire this coffee, we jumped at the chance.

The coffee is nurtured and milled in the Volcan Valley. This mountainous micro-region, on the narrow isthmus between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, offers rich, loamy volcanic soil. Cool, frost-free nights give way to dry, sun-drenched days, creating ideal conditions for growing the quintessential Panamanian coffee: a bright, lemony acidity in the cup with a nutty sweetness.

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  • Producer: Carmen Estate, Panama
  • Elevation: 5,100 – 5,700 feet
  • Coffee Variety: Catuai and Caturra
  • Processing Method: Washed
  • Tasting Notes: Floral and lemon citrus notes and a praline sweetness
  • Body: Medium
  • Acidity: High
  • Pairing Flavors: Citrus, walnuts, pecans