THIS COFFEE HAS SOLD OUT. City+ is a good starting point, balancing toffee sweetness, toasted grain and roasted almond, Brazil nut, hints of raisin and dry spice. Cocoa powder flavor flourishes in the finish. City+ to Full City+.
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This coffee comes from a newer coffee grower's cooperative in the district of Lonya Grande, in the northern Peruvian province of Utcubamba. The coop is made up of 250 members at this point, and the group were able to obtain both Fair Trade and Organic certification, adding value to their coffee, which translates to a higher financial return to the farmer. Farmers grow a mix of cultivars: Typica, Caturra, Bourbon, Castillo, and Catimor to name a few. Judging from the bean size and shape, there appears to be a good amount of Typica represented, which when roasting, takes on a nice even color, making it fairly easy to judge roast development. Bean size varies given the range of coffee types (roughly 16 - 19 screen), but we found roast evenness even at City roast level. Farm altitudes range from 1250 to as high as 2100 meters above sea level.
This producer lot from Señor Montenegro has a nutty sweetness through and through, butter toffee covered almond, Brazil nut, and more. City roasts are a bit too light in my opinion, and City+ is where the sweetness level is balancing in relation to the rest of the cup profile, offsetting savory nut and toasted grain notes, and cocoa bittersweetness. At Full City, a raisin note comes into focus too, along with a hint of dry spice, both welcome additions to the profile and adding a layer of complexity to an uncomplicated, crowd pleasing brewed coffee. Body sees a boost too at deeper roast levels, though I still wouldn't call it dense. City+ and Full City roasts have a mild acidity too, tea-like in mouthfeel (but not with the accompanying flavor) and a cocoa powder flavor flourishes in the long aftertaste.