Unrefined sugar sweetness accented by herbaceous rue and Thai basil, citric acidity, berry accents, bittersweet cocoa and a walnut accent note. City to Full City+. Good espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||IHCAFE-90 , Lempira|
|Appearance||.4 d/300 grams; 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
This coffee is from farmer Angel Vasquez whose farms are located in neighboring towns of El Sute and El Mineral, Comayagua. This mountainous region sees some of the higher altitude farms that we have access to in Honduras, his farm reaching 1500 meters above sea level. Don Angel has 6 hectares of coffee between his two farms, both planted in IHCAFE-90 and Catimor cultivars. These disease resistent types tend to have some herbal characteristics, but the cup also has surprising fruited character and acidity. Because of these cup characteristics, Angel Vasquez's coffee definitely stood out amidst the other more crowd pleaser types.
The dry fragrance has a sweet and slightly herbal smell to it. Dark sugars are pervasive and a subtle Thai basil note adds a perfumed highlight. The wet aroma is marked by dark brown sugar and walnut at City+, while Full City manages to pull out semi-sweet chocolate chip smells too. The cup has a similar profile of unrefined, raw sugars accented by top notes that are herbaceous and spiced to some extent. I found that roast development brings with it both fruited notes and heavy chocolate roast character, and surprisingly citric acidic impression holds up to Full City roasting (I didn't try roasting any darker). The sweetness comes off like brown sugar at City and City+ and gives way to a basil and rue herbal notes as well as a tart lemonade note. City+ is where you start to taste berry accents, and at Full City is a notable presence, as are bittersweet cocoa powder and a walnut accent note. I'm certain this will work well as espresso though I have not had the pleasure of trying myself (yet!).