Raw sugar and roasted nut tones that come together like sweetened almond milk, subtle black tea note, creamy body, and orange zest brightness. Rich chocolate tones when roasted dark. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Pacas, F1 Centroamericano|
|Appearance||.6d/300gr; 15-17 screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+; shows well at wide range of roasts|
Finca La Esperanza is located on the steep slopes of the Santa Ana volcano, not far from the town of Santa Ana. The farm is operated by Don Pedro Antonio, whose father inherited the initial 1 hectare parcel many years ago. The family continued reinvesting in the farm each year, acquiring many of the surrounding parcels of land, and expanding their coffee plantation. The farm is planted in Bourbon, Pacas, F1 Centroamericano, and Timor hybrid, and while they produce varietal separations, this particular lot is a blend. Finca La Esperanza is the result of a new coffee project in the region by one of the local mills, their goal being to identify the top qualities from farmers they already buy coffee from. These coffees are then kept separate throughout the milling process, and sold as an individual microlots as opposed to being lost to large blends, rewarding the farmer for quality with a much higher premium.
My first thought when cupping this lot from La Esperanza, is how nice the acidity is for a lower grown coffee. At City and City+ roast levels, there's a tartness in the cup that comes off like citrus peel, a welcome vibrance, albeit subtler than a high grown Guatemalan coffee. This coffee tastes like it smells, from fragrance to cup, I get a sweetness that's like partially refined sugar and almond that come together in the cup like sweetened almond milk. There's a subtle black tea note too, but I find the cup to be more about the interplay of raw sugar and roasted nut tones, and creamy body. Full City roasts are loaded with chocolate roast tones, and with a walnut flavor in the finish. A real 'classic' toned single origin espresso, and fantastic option for a blend base.