I tested this FST Caturra-Catuai lot next to the FST Jacaranda and Brooklyn all Caturra, and no surprises here. The Jacaranda was better—more flavorful, more distinct in flavors, better balance in acidity and more body. This one seemed a little muddy overall. I would guess it would rate several points below the slightly more expensive Jacaranda.
I was nicely impressed by the quality of this lot of Caturra/Catuai. It isn’t hard to roast a City+ batch that is fairly uniform, and there are few defects. After a 3-day setup, the sweet, slightly nutty pour over showed it can blend or stand on its own as a single origin. It’s that mild, sweet, nutty profile that you naturally think of when you think Panama or Costa Rica. Basically, it’s delicious.
I roasted this med light with medium development time. It's very smooth and would be a wonderful daily cup. I'm very new to roasting and have not developed my taste buds yet so I cannot taste the same flavors as the cupping notes indicate. It does have a slight sweetness to it.