Central flavors are raw sugars and soft roasted nut tones. Light roasts have tea-like vibrance, while Full City shows caramelizing bittersweetness and a subtle raisin accent. City to Full City. Good for espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Appearance||.2 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Finca Miravalle is owned by Luis Duarte, and is located in Apaneca, Ahuachapan, not too far from the Santa Ana volcano. Miravalle is about 1500 meters above sea level, and is only planted in Pacamara. It's part of a much larger group of coffee plots, a few of them demarcated by cultivar separations, and the larger plots a mix of cultivars. Duarte has kept his farm planted in Bourbon and Pacamara for the most part, despite the susceptibility to leaf rust. Many farmers are replanting with disease resistant varietals, but Luis Duarte has chosen to continue with these cultivars because of the commonly held belief that they taste superior to most disease resistent hybrids available and manages to prevent leaf rust and fungal outbreaks with good farm practices (proper space between plants, regular pruning, cleaning beneath the trees, directive spraying, etc). Miravalle is only a few hectares in size, and is perched on the verdant slopes of the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain region. This lot is the result of a new coffee project in the region by one of the local mills, their goal being to identify the top qualities from farmers they already buy coffee from. These coffees are then kept separate throughout the milling process, sold as an individual microlots as opposed to being lost to large blends.
The dry fragrance has a sweet, cereal grain smell, like wheat flakes with raisins. Aromatically speaking, this all bourbon coffee has a sweet nutty smells like toffee-coated nut, almond paste and the like. I'm struck by the balance in both my light and more developed Full City roasts. At City, the underlying flavors come off like brown/raw sugars and soft roasted nut tones. 'Chocolate' isn't really an adjective that comes to mind in really light roasts, however, 'bright' is. Light roasts have tea-like vibrance, nearly citric, but not puckering like African coffee. It's mouth refreshing and plays off the sweet flavors that anchor Miravalle's cup. At Full City, the cup offers caramelizing bittersweetness and cocoa flavors, and a subtle raisin accent note brings the cup assessment full circle from where we started in the dry fragrance. This isn't a particularly big-bodied coffee, but Full City roasts did work well for a classic-toned espresso shot.