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Compact bittersweetness, almond bark and dark cocoa, rustic dried fruit accents, and a green aroma like pine wood. Las Botijas is a good candidate for darker roasting. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||Las Botijas, Comayagua|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||September 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Icatu, Parainema|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Las Botijas is a group of 33 small farmers in the central Honduran municipality Villa San Antonio, Comayagua. It's a relatively new group, most of the coffee in the area planted in the last couple of years. The majority of the coffee in the region are Catimor types, with Typicas and Lempira mixed in. This group has had the support of an NGO, helping to build out their wet mill, raised drying beds, and more. We tasted this particular lot on a trip to Honduras last January, and happened to be in Las Botijas town during a local "feria" (festival), which that last photo is from. It's worth noting that a Pacamara separation from Las Botijas group won Honduras Taste of Harvest competition this past July. This lot is from a single farmer Pedro Ramos Martinez, whose 2 hectare farm is planted at 1570 meters above sea level. He has another farm about 100 meters higher in elevation, but the trees are still too young to produce, and his first real harvest of this farm will be the upcoming harvest.
The dry fragrance has a mild caramel and honey-wheat sweet smell. Adding hot water to the grounds raises a smell of baked goods in the steam, banana and even rye breads come to mind, along with an herbal overlay. City+ and Full City roasts promise compact bittersweetness of roasted cacao nibs and minimally processed sugars. As you move through the cup almond bark and dark cocoa flavors come to fore, as do rustic dried fruit accents, and a green pine-like aromatic note. Las Botijas is a good candidate for darker roasting, with sweetness that will stand up to complex roast tones brought on with 2nd snaps of Full City+.