Bold blueberry and blackberry flavor notes make Cerro Verde a standout El Salvador, along with matched brown sugar sweetness, candied walnut and impressive acidity at City/City+. City to Full City. Good for espresso.
|Processing||Dry Process (Natural)|
|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|
Finca Cerro Verde has to be one of the oldest coffee farms in the town of Berlin, stretching back more than a century. And this whole time it's been under the care of a single family. Jorge Guirola's grandfather planted coffee on the 168 hectares of land and built a small milling facility to process his harvest. Jorge has followed in his grandfather's, and then father's footsteps, implementing some changes along the way. One major change was replacing much of the Bourbon stock with rust resistant cultivars. But he left the old Bourbon trees in the higher part of the farm, a plot called "La Abundancia", and abundant it is. This part of the farm reaches 1350 meters above sea level. Being coastal facing affords cooler temperatures too, which allows the coffee to mature at a slower rate, producing a denser coffee bean. This 15 bag dry process lot is made up from the coffee of La Abundancia. It is a fully dry process coffee, meaning the coffee is dried in whole cherry which tends to leave a fruited mark on the cup (certainly the case here).
This fruited dry process ("natural") Bourbon lot from Cerro Verde is right up there with some of our East African naturals. City+ roasts give off sweet dried fruit and berry smells amidst an aroma heavily weighted in smells of rustic rice syrup and sweeteners. Not your typical El Salvador, that's for sure. The cup starts out with a brown sugar-coated walnut flavor that almost immediately shifts into dark berry notes. Blueberry and blackberry are notable and it's likely those flavors that led me to write "berry acidity" in my notes. Whether that's a completely fair assessment or not, it can be said that this coffee has impressive acidity for a natural, so often traded out for the promise of fruity characteristics. While berry tones are easily picked up on, they don't taste out of balance with the brown sugar sweetness that is central to Cerro Verde's flavor profile. Full City roasts are so bittersweet, but again, fruited flavors cut through almost immediately, helping to form a complex finish. This works well as a single origin espresso too, bittersweet chocolate core flavors combine with dark fruit compote and creamy nut tones.