Quarter Horse Coffee - Panama (Dog and Hat Box)

 The second coffee being highlighted in the July Dog and Hat Box is the lovely Quarter Horse Coffee Roasters (who have featured on this blog a few times! - click here to read those!)

Who are Quarter Horse Coffee?

Quarter Horse takes its name from the American horse good at running short distances and their rise through the speciality coffee scene has been just as quick as their namesake.

At Quarter Horse Coffee they source green beans through their international suppliers.

They select beans by quality and seasonality, then test-roast them all in small batches. Their team then evaluates them by flavour and they roast the favourites of these to use in their shops and for their wholesale customers.

They roast in house and within full view of their cafe (Can vouch that their shop is amazing, and anytime I pop to Birmingham, I always make a point to pop in for a delicious coffee!)

Roaster used: Giesen

From the Baru Indian High Estate in the Horqueta region of Panama.

Part of the world famous Hacienda Esmeralda estate in Panama, the Palmira farm is home of Palmyra Estate Coffee.

Palmira was the first parcel of land purchased by the Petersons in 1967, and over the years the holdings have grown to encompass a number of smaller farms.

With rich, volcanic soil, Finca Palmyra is located within the "Baru Indian High" Estate in the Horqueta region, Set at 1300-1500M Noberto Saurez produces this fantastic coffee using European preparation.

The estate's topography is very irregular, and provides not only spectacular views of the plantation itself but also breath-taking scenery from the Baru Volcano and the Central System. Due to the location, it also has a wide variety of flora and wildlife - such as white-neck monkeys, deer, rabbits and several birds native to the region. It has four natural wellsprings which make the soil very rich in organic matter and chemically well balanced. 

SCA Score: 86

Process: Washed

Altitude: 1400MASL

Varietal: Typica, Catuai, Caturra

Taste Notes: Caramel, Raisin, Picnic Bar

Let's Brew!

Brewer - V60

Recipe - 20g of Coffee to 300g of Water

30 second bloom with agitation

3 minute 30 total brew time

I've had so many delicious coffees from Quarter Horse that my expectations were quite high, and this one did not disappoint. The first taste of this coffee reminded me of biscuits (almost like biscuit brew tea!). As it cooled, a lot more chocolatey notes came through, with a hint of raisin undertones.

Now I've never had a Picnic Bar (don't come for me) however this did remind me of a breakaway bar (are those still a thing?!) with the whole biscuit and chocolate notes going hand in hand. Overall this coffee is absolutely delicious, it's been a while since I've had a coffee with chocolate notes, and especially one that's this good. 

Find Quarter Horse Coffee 

Website - here

Instagram - here

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