Honduras Copan -El Macuelizo "Onan" - Archived Review

Honduras Copan -El Macuelizo "Onan" - Archived Review


THIS COFFEE HAS SOLD OUT. Balanced dark sugar and walnut flavors, subtle spice and fruited notes. Sweet fruits boosted at Full City, with a flavor of chocolate fig. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.

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Additional Info

Grade SHG EP
Arrival Date August 2015 Arrival
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 15-18 screen
Intensity / Prime Attribute Mild Intensity/Balance, dark sugars, walnut, bittersweet cocoa
Region Corquin, Copan, Western Honduras
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City+ works well for this coffee
Organic No
Farm Gate Yes
Recommended for Espresso Yes



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"Onan" is both the name of the farmer as well as the small lot-separation from his Finca El Macuelizo. 3.5 hectares in total, Onan's farm is situated in the mountainous region of Celaque National Park, and is comprised of Caturra and Catuaií varieties. We bought this coffee through a direct partnership between a local exporter and farmer-group association. Onan is one of several hundred members of the latter, whose benefits from pooled resources includes building a wet-mill (replete with new eco-pulper), subsidized production and agricultural costs, and agronomical and business support from hired technicians. And through their export-partnership they're afforded a direct connection to the global coffee market, important in getting the best possible price for their coffees. Before and after dry-milling, the coffee is hand-picked through, removing any visible physical defects. This is apparent when culling over a few hundred grams of green coffee, recovering only a few nicked beans. Spider graph to follow - average score 86.2 points.

The dry grounds have a spiced, dry fruit smell smell to them, like clove and cinnamon powder sprinkled on dark red raisin. The fragrance is very sweet, and goes from a retronasal-like sweetness of cane juice in light roasts to sort of musky molasses, and cola smells around Full City. There's a candy-sweet toffee smell in the wet aroma, and with a walnut note revealed when breaking through the coffee crust. The cup flavors show restraint, balance between brown sugar sweetness and black walnut at City+ roast, with bittersweet cocoa and cinnamon edging in as the cup cools. It's a low-acid coffee, a profile that will appeal to fans of other washed Central American coffees. Full City (FC) roasts build a surprising, sweet fruit tone that pairs well with a flavor of high% cacao bar. 'Nuttiness' found at the lighter end of the roast spectrum is diminished at FC, and the finish carries a pleasant flavor of chocolate fig. Full City and FC+ roasts will make great single-origin espresso or a fantastic blend base, offering heavy chocolate tones, and lasting bittersweetness.