The cup is outstanding; bright and lively, hibiscus floral notes, turbinado sugar sweetness, 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. City+ to Full City+.
Mantantiales is a stone's throw from Finca Genesis, an emblematic coffee for us here at Sweet Maria's. I had met with the last owner, Daysi Rodriguez a couple years ago, but last year's lot did not come in well and we rejected it. It seems Daysi was really too busy to manage the farm and, white-knuckled but in full acknowledgment of the slip-ups in the past, ceded management to a full-time farm manager, Aldomar. The arrival of this year's lot from Manantiales, a microlot from Aldomar's Finca Fidel, processed at Manantiales mill, shows a dramatic improvement. Rather than the honey-style pulp natural method that gave us some uneven results last year, 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 .8 defect score). In reality, the cup has been minimally affected by this broken bean issue. I am getting even test roasts, and the cup is excellent!
There is an abundance of cocoa powder and cane sugar in the dry fragrance, with 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, sweet and also marked by a caramelized sugar-browning sweetness. On the break, a very floral honey scent emerges. The cup is outstanding; 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+.