Light roasts have a foundation of raw sugar and sweet hazelnut, fruited vibrance, dried strawberry and hibiscus tea. Pour overs highlight delicate top note subtleties. City to City+.
|Region||Alto Pirias, Chirinos District|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||February 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+|
Alto Pirias is a small village in Chirinos, near to the larger village of Las Pirias. There are a number of young and forward thinking producers in this area, and the two producers who made up this lot - Eli Espinoza and Herminio Romero - are two great examples of this. Both moved to Chirinos at a young age and began working on farms in the area, saving up enough money to buy their own land. Eli now owns 7 hecatres planted with bourbon, caturra and typica and Herminio owns 3.5 hecatres, planted with caturra and mundo novo. This lot comes from Eli's caturra and Herminio's mundo novo, and both picked and processed the coffee themselves at their family homes, before drying the coffee on raised beds.
The fragrance opens up when you start the brewing process, going from a hazelnut/unrefined sugar smell in the ground coffee, to a more refined sweetness and dried fruit highlights in the wet aromatics. The fruited characteristics come through in the brew too and are easier to pick up on in light roasts. City and City+ roasts have a foundation of raw sugar and sweet nutty flavors that pull together something akin to sweetened hazelnut creamer. Nowhere near the flavor intensity of the real thing, of course, but with flavor notes that bring it to mind. A fruited vibrance comes up as the coffee temperature dips and the cup has an apple-like acidic impression that leads into flavors of dried strawberry and hibiscus tea. Light roasts are bodied, and I imagine bolstered with roast development, though I didn't roast beyond City+. These lighter roasts make a great pour over brew highlighting the delicate top notes subtleties.