El Salvador Cup of Excellence -Villa Espana Bourbon

A classic Bourbon cultivar coffee all the way, the cup has a very attractive flavor profile, mildly floral with a touch of jasmine, citrus brightness, brown sugar panela, honey, bee pollen; silky body compliments the brightness in the cup, malty chocolate finish. City+ to Full City+
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  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Central America
Farm Gate Yes
Grade SHB
Appearance 0 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City+. This coffee works with nearly any roast you lay on it.
Weight 1 LB
Recommended for Espresso Yes
Villa Espa±a is a coffee plantation that has been in the same family for five generations, founded by Manuel Ariz of Galicia, Spain It is located near the town of Concepci_n de Ataco in Ahuachapn, El Salvador at 1350 meters. It's not one of the higher farms to make the ranks of the Cup of Excellence, but as with our Finca Matalapa coffees, we have found certain lots sourced from this altitude to have great balance and versatility. This lot comes from two plots on the farm called _‹ÐEl Matazano_‹ and _‹ÐEl Muerto_‹ which were selected because they have shown over the years to produce the best cup. The dry fragrance has a malt sweet scent with a strong vanilla accent and a touch of cocoa powder. The wet aroma has a honey and toffee character, with slight nuttiness. On the break, there is an interesting sweet-savory scent. The cup has a very attractive flavor profile, mildly floral with the slightest touch of jasmine, citrus brightness (lime, orange), brown sugar panela, honey, bee pollen. The body is silky smooth, a nice counterpoint to the brightness in the cup. Malty milk chocolate emerges as the cup cools. It's a classic Bourbon cultivar coffee all the way, one perhaps overshadowed on the cupping table by flashy coffees, but far more drinkable then fruit-forward or citrusy coffees. It roasts well with nearly any "degree of roast" you chose for it, a very versatile coffee. although at FC+ or into 2nd crack you will experience a flavor shift towards pungent chocolate-type flavors. And incidentally ...there's something else special about this lot. Our "buying group" that bought it in the CoE auction (Sweet Maria's, Ritual Coffee, Tony's Coffee) has donated 100% of the profits to the former head of the El Salvador coffee association, Ricardo Espitia, who suffered a major stroke last January. The family needs urgent financial help with his therapy, and we know the sum (a bit over $10,000) will go a long way toward his recovery. Ricardo has done more to promote and improve the quality of El Salvador specialty coffee, and every time I taste a beautiful cup from this origin, I owe him a debt of gratitude. This is just a little payback...