City+ shows balance with notes of panela sugar, pressed cane juice, burned toffee, caramel apple, and a mild backing of baking chocolate (deeper cocoa tones at FC and beyond). Vibrant green apple brightness. City+ to Full City+. Good espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||July 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||46 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Villa Sarchi|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 15+ 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. The farm is planted heavily in Bourbon, with other cultivars like Typica, and Villa Sarchi as well. This 25 bag lot is a separation of Villa Sarchi which is a natural mutation of Bourbon, and produces a similar cup. It would've been nice to offer this in conjunction with the Bourbon lot we had for side by side comparison. Taking note for next year!
Just like the Bourbon lot of Pulcal we carry each year, this Villa Sarchi separation promises a sweet and balanced cup, with subtle top notes that elevate it to something much more than average. The dry fragrance has brown sugar sweetness, with golden raisin and dried peach to a lesser degree. Aromatically speaking, this Villa Sarchi lot even more centered around caramelizing sugar smells, raw sugar, cane juice, and a slightly pungent sweet smokiness that's like carbonized sugars toasting on a pan. The brew at City+ has balanced sweet and bittering coffee tones panela sugar, pressed cane juice, and a mild backing of baking chocolate. The perceived acidity is apparent right away and has a elegant quality like green apple. The level of sweetness comes up as the temperature dips, and we flavors noted included burned toffee, caramel apple and ginger molasses cookies. I meant for one of my roasts to hit Full City, but multi-tasking got the better of me and I went right into 2nd snaps. This turned out to be a happy accident though, and bittering roast tones are easily matched by Pulcal's sweetness and come together like a high % cacao bar. Doubles fantastic as espresso too.