Brown sugar, apple-like acidity, indications of green tea, almond, toasted barley, raisin, and fig. Dominant bittersweet chocolate when roasted dark. City to Full City+. Good espresso.
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||July 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||46 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra, Typica|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Pulcal is an old coffee estate overlooking the colonial city of Antigua, and is situated at a range of 6000 feet in altitude. The farm dates to early colonial times (check out the neat tile crest in the first photo below), but coffee was planted in the late 1800's and first exported in 1918. The farm is said to have a unique micro-climate in the Antigua valley, as well as hillside exposure and well-draining soils. "Inteligente" refers to a specific block of the farm, planted in old Typica and Bourbon cultivar trees. It's all the way at the top and has the best sun exposure and ideal topography. To form this lot, we cupped several small "day lots" (coffee lots that are kept separate by each delivery day), selecting those that had the best sweetness and brightness. Inteligente is from the upper part of the farm, the highest altitude on the farm, and so tends to ripen in the middle harvest.
Pulcal Inteligente is a sweet and balanced cup, with enough top-note complexity to make it a highlight in our Central American lineup. The dry fragrance shows strength in raw sugar sweetness, along with notes of roasted almond and cinnamon dry spice. We found roasts beyond City+ see a boost in sweetness and cocoa notes, and thick caramel smells billow in the steam from the wetted grounds, with hints of raisin and bittersweet cacao nibs. When hot, the brewed coffee shows convincing sweetness and an elegant, apple-like acidity. As it cools, indications of green tea and roasted barley come up in light roasts, underscored by lush brown sugar sweetness. As you near Full City, fruit notes have the plumpness of red raisin fig, and the cup has dominant bittersweet chocolate flavor that's like high % cacao bar. From City to Full City this makes a fantastic brewed coffee and I would bet on the sweetness holding up to 2nd snaps too. Also doubles wonderfully as a SO espresso ("single origin"). Full City shots produce incredibly viscous mouthfeel, dense dark chocolate flavors, and a black fruit and licorice hints in the finish.