Honduras Comayagua Nueva Alianza

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. 

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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Hybrids
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Concepcion del Horno, Comayagua
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Patio Sun-Dried
Arrival date June 2019 Arrival
Lot size 33
Bag size 69 KG
Packaging GrainPro Liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Lempira, Ihcafe 90, Catimor
Grade SHG EP
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+
Type Farm Gate
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.