The cup has a lush, mouth-filling quality. It's bright, but not with an aggressive acidity. I find it remarkable that the coffee maintains it's character through the roast range. Great for SO espresso. City+ to Full City+
We have bought small lots of Finca La Montanita for years now, often the Pacamara coffee, but also Bourbon. When I cupped the Bourbon early this season in El Salvador, I was really amazed; it was the best coffee I tasted on the entire trip. The owner of Montanita is Antonio Rene Aguilar Lemus, and this is a fairly small farm of 17.5 Hecatares in total. The farm was handed down through the Aguilar family. The Aguilars run their own wet-mill so all steps of the coffee cultivation and processing are under the control of the farm. While the farm is not organic certified, it could be; they do not use herbicides and practices manual weed control. They use organic fertilizers like chicken manure, coffee pulp and they count on nature for insect control. La Montanita is located in the Alotepec Mountain Range and has excellent altitude for coffee (1460 meters, 4790 feet) which accounts for the slowly-maturing, dense coffee seeds and better acidity in the cup. La Montanita placed several times in the Cup of Excellence, including #2 place in 2006 and #3 in 2010. We offered this coffee many times goung back to 2004, when we bought the CoE lot.
The fragrance from the dry grounds is wonderful; vanilla and caramel, blackberry (mora) jam. In the wet aroma there is a syrupy sweetness, black currant, grape jelly. The cup is delightful; it has a dark sweetness, the balanced acidity of ripe fruit, syrupy body and rounded mouthfeel. Plum and grape notes express the fruit qualities of the cup, with a slight winey aspect. The cup has a lush, mouth-filling quality. It's bright, but not with an aggressive acidity. I find it remarkable that the coffee maintains it's character through the roast range. City+ roast (as we often find) has the best expression of this coffee, in the fruited brighter notes as well as tenor-level roast taste. This rather restrained (and very sweet) flavor profile seems like it might be amazing for SO espresso: I am firing up my espresso machine right now to pull shots of the Full City test roast!