Villa Maria holds a balanced center into 2nd snaps. Equal parts sweet and bittering, raw sugars, semi-sweet chocolate chips and baking cocoa. City+ to Full City+. Good espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
The more-than half a century old Finca Villa Maria is owned and operated by Maria Alcira Celis. With an eye on environmental impact, Dona Maria Alcira is has set up a compost production system at home and the farm in order to fertilize her coffee with organic material otherwise set to scrap. This isn't uncommon at farms with a coffee depulper, as you can start by recycling the coffee cherry that is stripped away from the seed. But she does not have a depulper and the composted material is produced solely by her farm and home. Her coffee is milled at a larger facility near her in the main town where whom she sells to in Ataco, Ahuachapan. Dona Maria Alcira's farm is planted in a mix of cultivars, but this particular lot comes from a part of the farm planted entirely in Bourbon. Altitude is 1,350 meters at this 14 hectare Finca Villa Maria.
The dry fragrance has a malty sweetness that smells like brown bread and caramel popcorn. Chocolate tones really start to show in roasts beyond City+ and the wet aroma is marked by a warm scent of chocolate torte and flan-like smells. Middle roasts are where Villa Maria shows balanced flavors of sweet and bittering variety, raw sugars ala sucanat and turbinadao, semi-sweet chocolate chips and baking cocoa. The coffee holds it's center all the way into 2nd snaps too, making this lot a good option for those who prefer the bittering roast tones that come with dark roasting but do not want to compromise sweetness! I found Villa Maria to have mild acidity, mostly pronounced at City+, but still soft and subtle. Espresso shots at Full City and Full City+ have an inky texture and are equally dense with chocolate and creamy nut flavors.