THIS COFFEE HAS SOLD OUT. Flavors of candied nut and sweetbreads, dark chocolate brownie with walnuts, and subtle fruited notes playing off cocoa bittersweetness. The finish has a pistachio/vanilla mix that recalls spumoni ice cream. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso. This coffee is limited in quantity so we are limiting it to 1 and 2 pound bags only.
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This coffee is from Finca San Luis, another farm of Luis Duarte, who we bought a few other lots from the past two seasons. Dón Luis has worked this farm for over 50 years, and though still a large part of management, the operation is primarily managed by his son of the same name. He's kept the farm planted in primarily Bourbon, despite the susceptibility to leaf rust. Many farmers are replanting with disease resistant varietals, but Luis Duarte has chosen to continue with Bourbon in response to the correlation to higher cup quality in comparison to Catimors, managing to prevent leaf rust outbreaks with good farm practices (proper space between plants, regular pruning, cleaning beneath the trees, directive spraying, etc). The farm is less than 9 hectares in total, and sits in the mountain region called Apaneca-Ilamatepec. This lot is the result of a new coffee project in the region by one of the local mills, their goal being to identify the top qualities from farmers they already buy coffee from. These coffees are then kept separate throughout the milling process, and sold as an individual microlots as opposed to being lost to large blends. This is one of the smaller lots we picked up from Finca San Luis this year, a separation of only 600 lbs. Due to the small size of this lot, we're only selling in 1 and 2 LB bags.
The dry fragrance has a smell of sweet baked breads and pastries, a molasses sweetness coming up in the ground coffee. City+ and Full City roasts have more than their fair share of sweet and savory tones, chocolate covered raisins, and candied walnut. Pouring the hot water lifts a brown sugar smell, along with cocoa, and warm cashews. This coffee shows well at City+ and Full City roasts, flavors spanning the range of candied nut, and sweet breads at light levels, to dark chocolate brownie with walnuts in the Full City roasts. Getting past City+ is where you'll find subtle dark fruit notes mixing with rich chocolate core bittersweetness, and flashes of pistachio and vanilla in the finish, flavors that remind me of spumoni ice cream. This is a mild acid cup, with big body, which makes for a great espresso option as single origin, or a blend base.