Sweet citrus flavors and herbal green tea in light roasts, dried fruit character, burned sugar, caramel and rich chocolate roast tones with deeper roast development. City to Full City+. Good espresso.
|Region||Concepcion del Horno, Comayagua|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Lempira, Ihcafe 90, Catimor|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 16-19 Screen - you'll spot some quaker beans that can be picked out, or not! I didn't cull through my roast when brewing|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
"Nueva Allianza" is small producer blend from the village of Concepcion del Horno, located in the Department of Comayagua. Most families are farming a few hectares of coffee, and the altitude ranges from between 1550 and 1650 meters above sea level - relatively hight for Honduras. This area was deeply affected by a leaf rust epidemic in 2011, many farmers losing entire crops and having to completely start over. Because of this, you see a lot of local Catimor types, displaying high resistance to the devastating coffee plant disease "roya", or leaf rust. They also tend to produce large sized beans, 16 - 19 screen sizes. Put these beans side by side with one of our Guatemalan coffees and the size difference is stark. We found our best roasting results in the City+ to Full City roast range, where a balance between fruit and bittering cocoa tones is struck, with nice sweetness, and convincing acidity. This is a great dual-purpose coffee too, with Full City/FC+ roasts showing great as single origin espresso.
Grinding our City+ roast, you're greeted with a sweet scent of butter pecan up front, a culmination of fresh caramel and nut smells, along with a faint note of dried fruit. Aromatically, the coffee has dense caramelizing sugar sweetness, along with fruit and carob hints on the break. There's a juiciness expressed in the brewed coffee that is reinforced by fruited flavors that come through once the coffee cools. I taste citrus in light roasts (City/City+), but not super citric like a Kenya, more like sweet limes or lemonade, and even a little rindy. It's a flavor that compliments more herbal notes, such as green tea, that I also pick up on in very light roasts. City+ and Full City roasts produce impressive sweet flavors of burned sugar and caramel, which are focal points that fruit accents pop out against. A walnut note trails behind in the finish. Full City roasts are juicy as well, wrapped in layers of dark chocolate roast tones. Full City to Full City+ roasts make wonderful SO espresso with lasting deep-toned chocolate notes, fig-like fruited accents, and incredibly creamy mouthfeel.