Tons of sugar browning with caramel and light brown sugar dominating the list. Fruited notes of green apple, grape, and Palestinian sweet lime with a silky body. This flavor profile sits nicely atop a backdrop of cocoa powder in the finish. This coffee's benefits from a light roast, but does well as SO espresso in the Full City range. City to Full City.
This is the first year Sweet Maria's is working in the Pedregal region and comes with the hire of our new coffee sourcer, Aleco Chigounis. The coop we work with has farmer groups organized by town in both the Huilad and Cauca department, since the zone stradles the border. This area has repeatedly produced sweet, clean coffees due to the prime coffee growing climate, altitude (between 1700-2000 meters), and careful cherry selection on the part of the farmers. This lot comes from the home base, the areas directly around the town of Pedregal that is almost entirely planted with Caturra, save a few Bourbon and Typica trees intermixed. The selection process this year was quite involved, to say the least, seeing all of us in Oakland pouring over hundreds of samples in order to pick a handful of top lots, as well as multiple trips to the area. As you'll see (or rather taste), it was well worth the effort. This is one of several lots that we're bringing in this year that represent individual farmer lots (often 1 bag of coffee or less), that we culled through, with approved lots forming the Pedregal farmer group coffee here.
The ground coffee has a floral sweetness to it and is rounded out by cinnamon spiced cacao. The wet aromatics have a lively sweetness, with a syrupy smell in the crust that I liken to raw honey, or agave syrup. The break is so sweet, and I immediately smell all the ingredients used to make candied walnuts - cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, butter, and toasted nuts. There's so much sugar browning in the cup, with caramel and light brown sugar dominating the list. Where there was little fruit in the aromatics, Vereda Pedregal's cup is fruited with green apple, grape, and Palestinian sweet lime (this particular lime is prized for its lack of acidity and bolstered sweetness - more like refreshing lime flavored water). While the body is not on the weighty side, it's silky and pleasant. This flavor profile sits nicely atop a backdrop of cocoa powder that hangs through to the long finish. This coffee's profile benefits on the lighter of the roast spectrum, but does well as SO espresso in the Full City range, sans second crack.