A balanced cup, with well-defined acidity. Grace notes of peach tea, a little lemon rind, and pear. It has the same dry-roasted nut tone, more almondy than hazelnut, fading to tangy and crisp chocolate flavor in the finish.
This is a microlot from one of the Beneficio Helsar producers, Roger Solis, grown on his farm at 1600-1700 meters in Llano Bonito de Naranjo. It is 100% Villa Sarchi cultivar, which is a natural offspring of Bourbon. So in the above name, Helsar de Zarcero is the mill mark, Solis is the farmer, and Villa Sarchi is the cultivar. (Interestingly, the Typica in the area is a unique type, often referred to as Typica Villalobos, which comes from farms of the Rodrigues Villalobos clan, or so he stated to me when I was at their mill in February!) Helsar is an excellent MicroMill and dry most of their top grade coffees on raised beds/screens in a covered tent (to increase heat and prevent rain damage). It's a bright cup, but has nice body and balance, especially at Full City to Full City+ roast levels. This might be partly due to the relation of Villa Sarchi to the Bourbon cultivar, the classic type known for balanced cup character. I believe the Villa Sarchi influence is a more balanced flavor profile, but with well-defined acidity. The dry fragrance has a lot of milk chocolate and raisin sweetness, and in the wet aromatics, fresh-baked sweet brown bread with a little bit of roasted hazelnut. The cup follows suit, balanced, in body and brightness at darker roast levels. There are grace notes of peach tea, a little lemon rind, and pear. It has the same dry-roasted nut tone, more almondy than hazelnut, fading to tangy and crisp chocolate flavor in the finish. It changes quite a bit as the temperature drops, and peach tea flavors come out. The body isn't that heavy, but has a syrupy quality. My lightest roasts, City level, tasted fairly thin and a bit grainy. I suggest City+ to Full City+, the latter having more balance. There is a striking zest of brightness here that can stand up to slightly darker roast levels.