Restrained, balanced and sweet, this Domincan fits in with our washed Centrals in many ways. Brown sugar, chocolate, roasted almond, cinnamon powder and basil. City+ to Full City. Good espresso.
|Region||Arroyo Bonito, Jarabacoa, La Vega|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||September 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
"Don Pepe" is the nickname for Jose Altagracia Fernandez, a man who's been farming coffee in the Dominican Republic for over 40 years. Don Pepe and his two sons manage a sizable farm in the town of Arroyo Bonito. The farm, named "Fernandez Estate" after Jose, sits between 1300 and 1480 meters above sea level, planted solely in Caturra. We haven't had a Dominican Republic coffee in more than 5 years and were pleasantly surprised when tasting an offer sample from Don Pepe a couple months back. Part of Sweet Maria's mission has always been to have coffee from as many growing regions as we can, cup quality being the main limiting factor. We're very pleased to have this versatile lot from Don Pepe. These 10 bags really round out our list!
It's been more than 5 years since we've carried coffee from the Dominican Republic, so we were pleased to taste an offer sample this good. It fits right in with washed Central American coffees like Guatemala or Nicaragua, with a mostly restrained cup profile that shows balance in the middle roasts. A base layer of raw sugar sweetness underscores the coffee at City+ and Full City roast levels and is highlighted by flavor notes of roasted nut and bittering chocolate character. The smells in the dry fragrance indicate an herbal sweetness that comes through in the cup as a dried basil note and lends to a pleasant savory-sweet aspect. Look for deeper chocolate roast flavors in darker roasts, marked by cinnamon powder accents as the coffee cools. City+ is a good jumping off point but don't be afraid to take this one into darker roast territory.