The cup's bright and lively acidity gives a refreshing effect, hibiscus floral notes, turbinado sugar, apple notes change to Peach Snapple tea flavor in the cooling coffee with praline and hazelnut in the background. It's a dense bean and can take a bit more heat to roast. City+ to Full City+.
This coffee comes from a mill that is a stone's throw from Finca Genesis, an emblematic coffee for us here at Sweet Maria's, and quite close to Macho Arce's farm as well. Fidel is a farm managed by Aldomar, who also oversees the Manantiales mill where it is processed. Rather than the honey-style pulp natural method that gave us some uneven results from this mill 2 years ago, this is a fully-washed type coffee. I had a mini heart attack when the samples arrived this year because it is quite a small bean lot, and I wasn't thrilled with the preparation (higher than usual number of broken beans, see the .6 defect score). In reality, the cup has been minimally affected by the preparation issue (I find about one quaker per 150 gram roast). We evaluate coffee with our taste and smell senses, not with our eyeballs. And this year's Finca Fidel is really nice, performing well in a wide range of roast levels.
There is an abundance of cocoa powder and cane sugar in the dry fragrance, with mild red apple fruit notes. It's a rather bold juicy scent, and along with apple there is white grape, and a bit of tangerine in there. The wet aroma has the same juicy fruited notes, more pronounced apple juice (malic) character, also marked by a caramelized sugar-browning sweetness. On the break, a very floral honey scent emerges. The cup is very nice; bright and lively acidity gives a refreshing effect, and hibiscus floral notes come through, especially as the cup temperature drops. There is a Turbinado sugar sweetness (raw sugar-like, but not rustic sugar like Muscavado). Apple tastes are evident when the cup is hot, changing more toward Peach snapple tea flavor in the cooling coffee. There's a hint of praline and hazelnut in the background. The lighter roasts of this coffee, just through first crack and stopped immediately, had a distinct under-roast scent, a bit on the grassy side. It's a dense bean and can take a bit more heat to roast. I would suggest City+ to Full City+.