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Nice fruited profile that is juicy, with asian pear, passion fruit, and a hint of guava. There's apple as well that vacillates between the tart aspects of green apples and the up-front sweetness of red - like what you find in a Honey Crisp apple. This is a coffee that really opens up as it cools. The fruits transform from tropical, to green grape, to citrus, to...the list grows and becomes more complex the longer you have this coffee in your mouth. City to City+.
"White Water" is a great name for this coffee from "Agua Blanca". So lively and with a refreshing element that is unique to this blend. This village within Pedregal is inhabited by about as many people as bags of coffee represented by this lot (a whopping 42!), and quite a few of them are named "Penna". This is a name that has become synonymous with great coffee. Walter, Miguel Angel, Juvenal, and several others, more often than not produce the top scoring lots that come through our cupping lab. We'll often set aside one from each to offer as a single producer microlot. The other top lots they send wind up being bulked together with other great coffees submitted from neighboring farms in the area in order to provide a wider audience with one, really nice coffee from Agua Blanca. Altitudes for these farms ranges from 1700 - 2100 masl and are comprised of mainly Caturra, with a little Bourbon and Typica mixed in. These farmers do all the picking and processing of their coffee themselves, which definitely lends to their ability to manage quality control of the green coffee leaving their farms. They manually depulp their fruit on hand-crank machines, ferment in tiled tanks, wash thoroughly, and then dry their coffee gently on covered, raised beds. While this is part of our final shipment of Pedregal coffees for the season, we expect to once again have this coffee back in stock with some regularity starting late Spring.
Agua Blanca is equipped with brilliant aromatics, well rounded mouthfeel, heavy sweetness, and elegant acidity. The dry grounds of light roasts are perfumed with dried apricot, cane sugar, and honey. Our Full City roast shows a hint of marshmallow as well as a dark cacao. This coffee has a layered sweetness from start to finish. This is expressed in the wet grounds as light caramel, butterscotch, and simple syrup. There's also a note of raw almond that verges on marzipan. The flavors of Agua Blanca are deep, and well engrained in the cup profile across the roast spectrum. Our City+ roast has a nice fruited profile that is juicy, with asian pear, passion fruit, and a hint of guava. There's apple as well that vacillates between the tart aspects of green apples and the up-front sweetness of red - like what you find in a Honey Crisp apple. This is a coffee that really opens up as it cools. The fruits transform from tropical, to green grape, to citrus, to...the list grows and becomes more complex the longer you have this coffee in your mouth. Roasting into the realm of Full City brings about a citrus quality that is zest in flavor and pulpy in mouthfeel. It's equal parts kumquat and fresh squeezed orange juice. At City/City+ roast levels, this coffee is an excellent drinking coffee, but the complex profile stands up to both light and darker roasts (but we'd stay away from second crack). The dark roasts make an amazing single origin espresso, and a wonderful blending component.