|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||Dec 17 2014|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra, Mundo Novo, Typica|
|Appearance||.9 d/300g - 15+ screen|
|Roast Recommendations||I would roast to at least City+ to bring out the full potential sweetness - works well into FC+ territory.|
Our final lot from the folks at Bauka Plantation, and female directed coffee program in Aiyura Valley. Their primarily focused on increasing coffee quality and production, as well as financial independence for the women workers and their families. Bena is the smallest lot from the group that we purchased, a mere 3 bags. It's very much in line with the other fully-washed coffees we've offered from Bauka Plantation, sweet, bodied, and an underlying earthiness. Being only a few hundred LBS, we are only offering 1 and 2 LB bags.
The dry grounds have an earthy sweetness, like sorghum or molasses syrups, along with some very general dry fruit smells. The wet aroma has a malty smell to it, with brown sugar and butter, and more hints of earth tones on the break. The coffee has a rustic edge, but with convincing sweetness, unrefined sugar flavors mix with a roasted barley note. As it cools, the sweetness is dense, reminding me a bit of bean pie - a flavor of red beans and brown sugar. There are mild fruit flavors at City+, and a sort of carob-funkiness in the finish, that shifts toward bittering cocoa in darker roasts.