Cocoa chocolate notes combine well with almond roast tones to give a confection-like character, finishing with a slightly tannic almond skin bittering accent. Mild rose-like floral flavor in the cup, as well as warming spices. Really intense and wonderful as espresso. Full City to Full City+
El Majahual is part of a larger farm that was divided some years back. THe lot we offered from Finca La Florida is a lower part of the same original farm, while Majahual (say Ma-Ha-Wall) is on the steeper slopes at higher altitude. Majahual averages 1500 meters although much of the farm is higher up. I visited in April and was amazed by the 50 to 80 year old Bourbon trees. There is a minority percentage of Pacas at El Majahual, which is a local type of Bourbon as well. The trees at the farm seemed so healthy, with great coffee production on branches from top to bottom, despite their age. It proves that long-term, traditional farming techniques can result in good production volumes and cup quality too, rather than new techniques that exhaust small hybrid plants that must then be replaced every 10 years.
From the ground coffee, the fragrance ranges from praline and chocolate malted milk balls. While pouring the hot water caramel-butter scents emerge, with chocolate syrup and cocoa powder as well. There are nut notes as well, pecan and almond. It's a very rounded and balanced aromatic image this cup paints, which suggests the old Bourbon cultivar that comprises most of this coffee. The cup taste stays true to the aromatics; rounded, balanced, full body, mild. Cocoa chocolate notes combine well with almond roast tones to give a confection-like character, finishing with a slightly tannic almond skin bittering accent. There's a very mild rose-like floral flavor in the cup, as well as a dash or warming spices. While mild as drip or press coffee, El Majahual is really intense and wonderful as espresso. I made SO espresso shots from City+ to FC+ roasts and found it performed well all along the spectrum. Classic espresso flavors of chocolate bittersweets have a nice bright note, gingerbread spice flavors, and a long finish.