THIS COFFEE HAS SOLD OUT. Santa Julia is sure to garner universal acclaim, a real crowd pleaser. Unrefined sugar, spiced Mexican chocolate, almond, walnut, and vanilla bean in middle roasts. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
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Finca Santa Julia is located on the slopes of the Santa Ana Volcano in one of the oldest producing regions in El Salvador. In fact, this farm was founded in the late 19th C. by the great grandfather of the current farm manager, Doña Haydee, and the farm has remained in the family ever since (that's her husband in the 2nd photo). Santa Julia is planted entirely with heirloom Bourbon types, and sits between 1450 and 1550 meters above sea level. 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, rewarding the farmer for quality with a much higher premium. Santa Julia has entered top scoring coffees in the El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition, winning first place in 2005.
A dark sugar sweetness embraces roasted nut and cocoa tones in both light and dark roasting. My preferred roasts of Santa Julia were right in the middle, a smoothed bean surface (no mottling), but still nowhere close to 2nd snaps. The sweetness in the aroma is near molasses in these Full City roasts, playing off of pungent dark chocolate roast tones, and vanilla and walnut accents being released on the break. Santa Julia will please those looking for a coffee that shows balance in middle and darker roasts, even with 2nd snaps. City+ show a heavy roasted nut characteristic, laced with raw sugar sweetness, and a subtle dried apple note. At Full City, your greeted with a flavor of spiced Mexican dark chocolate, a flavor that holds on long in the finish, along with walnut, almond paste, and vanilla bean accents. This is the roast level that's sure to garner universal acclaim, a crowd-pleasing cup. We ran our FC roast through the espresso machine too, producing a mouth-pleasing, creamy shot. Heavy cocoa tones embrace a creamy flavor of macadamia nut and almond milk, and a very slight citrus rind bite.