La Divina Providencia is located in CantÜn Las Cruces, Los Naranjos area on the western side of the country, very close to the Santa Ana volcano. The farm is owned by the Escalon family, who receive outside agronomical assistance and help with farm management from the coffee exporter we're working with in the region. La Divina Providencia is roughly 25 hectares of planted coffee, mainly Catua at the highest part of the farm, as well as some Sarchimor. The high part of the farm has really good altitude for the region, nearly touching 1650 meters above sea level. Traces of the older bourbon plantings that were common in the area before rust epidemics can still be found here and there, but nearly all have been replaced with heartier, disease resistant types.
Brown sugar sweetness is apparent in the dry fragrance, the ground coffee letting off a smell of brown sugar candies, and an understated toasted rye smell. Wetting the grounds gives off subtle nut tones, but they're much more of an afterthought behind a front of caramelizing sugar sweetness, and black currant accent. Brewing City roasts, the flavor matrix is comprised of brown sugar sweetness and roasted almond, a muted note of dried green apple in the finish. It's a simple cup, but on the refined side for El Salvador, malic-like acidic impressions offer a structuring quality, and bright spot within the more "daily drinker" type cup profile (of which is still is, and that's not a bad thing at all!). I took one roast all the way into 2nd snaps too, and found the sweetness to prevail, even when juxtaposed by strong, bittering cocoa powder flavors. Espresso shots at 2 days rest are incredibly inky, the viscous liquor leaving a bittering cocoa residue behind, the prelude made up of burned sugar, with raisin and nut accents.