Coffee Shrub Espresso #1 - La Corazon del Robot

Coffee Shrub Espresso #1 - La Corazon del Robot

Farm Description

La Corazon del Robot is Coffee Shrub's first blend offering. Since joining up with Tom, Maria and the crew here in February I've been wanting to create an espresso blend. Before moving to Oakland I spent the last handful of years buying coffee and controlling quality at Stumptown which gave me some experience developing espresso blend profiles. In my humble opinion I still haven't met a single origin espresso that's as complete as the very best blends. My idea here with La Corazon del Robot is to construct something that is enticing aromatically, balanced between acidity, body and flavor and tremendously sweet; maybe so sweet that it takes that balance out of play. My personal mantra has always been that washed coffees give us the most accurate depiction on what's happening with the terroir of any given growing region. The microclimate, soil content, altitude along with varietal expression are most easily perceived in washed coffees. Congruently I believe that washed coffees give us the cleanest perspective into flavor profile as well and that they meld best together without interference from the added processing technique that pulped naturals and full naturals will impart. This is just my own personal opinion on espresso; well coffee. So as mentioned my intention behind this first blend is to create an espresso that is floral and perfumed right from the portafilter so I wanted a nice percentage of Ethiopian components. I also wanted as much sweetness and creaminess as possible hence the Guatemalan component. Percentage-wise La Corazon del Robot is 30% Ethiopia Duromina, 30% Ethiopia Deri Kochoha and 40% Guatemala Finca La Florencia. This is our first go at a blend on Coffee Shrub and we're happy with the results. Going forward the goal will be to maintain a similarly sweet and floral profile using different components from different harvest seasons. I hope you enjoy and look forward to some feedback. -Aleco

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Aromatically 'La Corazon del Robot' is complex with floral notes like peach blossom and jasmine ranging to succulently sweet things like homemade butter caramel, chocolate truffle, Rum Zacapa 23 and even panettone bread. Along with that upfront perfumed, floral trait this blend is designed to be very sweet and creamy. Fresh, heavy cream hits you from the very first sip until ripe peach permeates the flavor profile with its sweet yet tannic notes. Although more ripe stone fruits are apparent in the sweetness of the espresso brown sugar, toffee and other sugar browning characteristics become most apparent. The short finish is like fresh wild honey that effervesces on the tongue with more of that heavy cream coming back into play as the shot lingers. When pulled properly, and at the recommended Full City roast level, La Corazon del Robot should be well balanced as both a shot and an Americano.

Score

89

Lot Size

n/a

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City at the most. If you go into second crack much of the sweetness will be lost.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Bourbon     Heirloom Varietals    

Grade & Appearance

.2 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Half man, half cardboard robot.

Tunnelvision.

Raised beds in the misty mountains.
 

Comments

#1 Wow! easily one of the best

Wow! easily one of the best espressos I've ever had. Had this roasted at FC, with a bit of a stretch during drying to help rally push the acidity. Pulled shots just 2 days out of the roaster as was pleasantly surprised at the lack of punch or bite in the front of the palate. It had a lovely floral brightness, but the rummy sweetness was the star of the show, as well as the syrupy finish that lingered just long enough but never overwhelmed. I'm admittedly frequently nonplused by espresso, overwhelmed by either too aggressive modes and flavors, or just confused by where the mess and madness is supposed to be going. This was a complete and well contained flavor experience, and sweet in all the right ways.

#2 Very impressive. Nice blend.

Very impressive. Nice blend. Best straight espresso I have had in a long time.

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