Lemony hints accent Miravalle's nutty sweetness, raw sugar and almond brittle candy make up the bulk of the profile, with muted lemon tea candied citrus notes, and citrus-like perceived acidity. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 16 - 19 screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+ for a complex and bright cup, but balanced bittersweetness all the way up to Full City|
Finca Miravalle is owned by Luis Duarte, and is located in Apaneca, Ahuachapan, not too far from the Santa Ana volcano. Miravalle is about 1500 meters above sea level, and is only planted in Pacamara. It's part of a much larger group of tablÜnes, a few of them demarcated by cultivar separations, and the larger plots a mix of cultivars. Duarte has kept his farm planted in Bourbon and Pacamara for the most part, despite the susceptibility to leaf rust. Many farmers are replanting with disease resistant varietals, but Luis Duarte has chosen to continue with these cultivars because of the commonly held belief that they taste superior to Catimors, and he manages to prevent leaf rust and fungal outbreaks with good farm practices (proper space between plants, regular pruning, cleaning beneath the trees, directive spraying, etc). Miravalle is only a few hectares in size, and is perched on the verdant slopes of the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain region. This lot 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.
There's a rindy lemon characteristic that has Miravalle Pacamara standing out amidst our other El Salvador offerings, a flavor we found surprisingly tangy in lighter roasts, and one that sees a cap on my roast recommendation at City+. Don't get me wrong, this coffee's sweetness holds up to darker roasting, and body has an inky quality that builds with roast development. But the City and City+ roasts are where this citrus accent shows the most against Miravalle's nutty sweetness, and at Full City and beyond are all but lost. The underlying sweetness is like raw sugar, which compliments a nutty almond brittle note, roasted nut tones also in the finish. A lemon tea flavor comes up immediately, also adding to a perceived acidity, and candied citrus peel that fades in the finish. Full City roasting constructs a much more bittersweet flavor profile, and sees an interesting licorice note on the heels of unrefined sweetness and roasted cacao flavors that dominate the brew.