Sweet from start to finish, with top notes of black tea, green apple, pistachio ice cream, a dash of spice, along with a malty note in the long aftertaste. City to City+.
|Region||Dipilto, Nueva Segovia|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 18+ Screen - these are really large beans!|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+|
Dipilto is a premier coffee growing region, with diverse microclimates and good altitude, optimal conditions for producing specialty coffees. Finca Santa Helena is operated by producer Lexania Marin, who we've known for many years, and has been an interlocutor of sorts between us and Buenos Aires and Las Segovias mills. The farm is situated around 1300 meters, and planted in Caturra, and Maracaturra, which is what this separation is comprised of. Maracaturra is a large bean variety of coffee, a cross between Caturra and the so-called "Elephant Bean", Maragogype. It seems to be grown mostly in Nicaragua although I have found nice examples in El Salvador too. The coffee is processed at the Las Segovias mill in the town of Ocotal, and prepped for maritime transit. Due to the large size of Maracaturra, it can be tricky to roast. Not so much difficult, just that it may need a little longer roast time to allow for internal temperature to catch up with the exterior. If your roaster has manual heat control, you might try pulling back on the heat 30 seconds to a full min into first snaps to help with roast evenness from the outside in. Body is light, and I think Santa Helena Maracaturra benefits from lighter roasting.
This Maracaturra separation from Santa Helena has brown sugar and tree nut tones, tea-like body and flavor accents in the fragrance and cup. The aromatics show the most developed sweetness in City+ roasts, backed by wafts of candied nuts, and dried fruit highlights. The cup profile is simple and even elegant in a way. Our City+ roast has approachable brown sugar sweetness from start to finish, any top notes remain fairly concealed until the temperature drops a bit. Tea notes are subtle, and most like black tea, with a mouth cleansing tannic feel in the finish. The flavors that come through in the middle and finish are like green apple, pistachio ice cream, a dash of spice, along with a malty note in the long aftertaste.