CHOCOLATE! Milk chocolate, chocolate taffy, Dutch cocoa, chocolate malted grains, plus notes of caramel, almond and more. Versatile brew. City+ to Full City+. Good espresso.
|Region||Jinotega, Nueva Segovia|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Appearance||.5 d/300gr, 15-17 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Finca El Lino is part of the Buenos Aires family of farms in the Jinotega growing region. We've visited and buy coffees from the other farms, Acopio Suyatal, La Laguna, and of course Buenos Aires, all managed by the Valladarez family who between father Luis Emilio, and son Olman, have been growing coffee in the region for over 50 years. This lot is all Caturra, which is a cultivated mutation of Bourbon that occurred in Brazil in the mid '30s, but was planted in South and Central America mostly in the 1950s. The coffee is grown around 1400 meters, and processed at the Buenos Aires beneficio down below, closer to town, then the wet parchment is moved from beneficio to the dry mill in Ocotal proper. This is one of a dozen lots we purchased from Cafetelera Buenos Aires.
The level of sweetness in the dry fragrance is muted, though still very much the focus. There's a lot less roasted nut tones in comparison to some other Nics, though I do pick up on a toasted barley accent in fragrance and aroma. For me, this meant more conducive to lighter roasting that the others, which rang true, though I actually preferred the level of sweetness that came with City+ minimum. City roast have a simple light raw sugar sweetness, and decent level of acidity that reminds me of Bosc pear. City+ finds a nice milk chocolate flavor that is sweet and slightly bitter, caramel sweetness is stronger than at City, and the finish has a chocolate taffy flavor. Chocolate roast tones are much more bold at Full City, offering up flavors of Dutch drinking cocoa, chocolate malted grains and balanced bittersweetness throughout the finish. Full City roasts also make a "classic" toned espresso shot, creamy layers of chocolate roast tone, subtle nut undertones, and a lot like our New Classic blend all on it's own.