Bittersweet smells set the tone, umami-like aromatics, a bittersweet cocoa powder flavor tied up with brown sugar, dark caramel hints and toasted wheat berry. City+ to Full City. Good for espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process, then SWP Decaf|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||December 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Heirloom Varietals|
|Appearance||.4d/300gr, 16 - 18 Screen - some broken beans from decaf process|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
La Esperanza borders El Boqueron National Park, a majestic natural forest that is home to a multitude of wildlife, and a main feature of San Salvador’s volcano crater. After the roya crisis, most farmers in the region let the original Bourbon and Pacas cultivars die off, replanting with rust-resistant varieties that unfortunately also produce an inferior cup. However, La Esperanza has kept most of its original tree populations, which farm managers have kept productive and healthy by implementing integrated farming practices. The farm is broken into several plots, most with intermixing of Arabigo (Typica) and Bourbon. La Esperanza benefits from being able to hire the same group of pickers each harvest, who know the farm well, and know which cherries are ripe enough to pick. This coffee was processed by Swiss Water Decaf in Vancouver, BC, where they employ a chemical free water decaffeination process that retains much of the original coffee character.
Bittersweet smells set the tone in the dry fragrance of this decaf, that at City+ find a nice interplay of toasted sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder. The aroma has an umami-like savory quality, roasted corn and toasted grain come to mind, with a whole lot of cocoa in the steam. The cup flavors follow suit, with a rich, bittersweet cocoa powder flavor tied up with brown sugar hints, and a roasted wheat berry note. I'll be honest, the cup is more bitter than sweet when hot. But this kind of dark cacao core melts away as the coffee cools, ushering in a dark caramel sweetness. City+ and Full City achieve balanced core coffee flavors, and the latter will make a fine espresso option too.