A classic, balanced Guatemala flavor profile, and fantastic as SO espresso too! Vanilla malt sweetness, almond and apricot high notes, rounded and dense mouthfeel, stone-fruit and nut flavors at the foreground. City to Full City+ roast.
The dry fragrance has a vibrant fruit/nut flavor, a chocolate-dipped raisin and hazelnut scent. At darker levels, chocolate bittersweet notes dominate. The aroma from the wet grounds intensifies in honey sweetness, adding scent in the lighter roasts and some "brown bread on the hearth" smells at Full City roast. There is also a slight floral hibiscus scent. The aromatics are classic, clean, balanced Central America all the way, and the cup flavor follow suit. Lighter roasts have almond and apricot high notes, a clean and lively acidic snap, with vanilla malt sweetness. At City+ roast a more rounded flavor profile emerges, with a dense mouthfeel, a more developed sweetness, but still apricot-nut flavors at the foreground. The finish has a mouth-refreshing quality, with lingering brightness and a fading brown sugar taste. Now something else quite exciting about this Finca La Soldedad lot, the SO espresso. It is fantastic! Roasted just to the verge of 2nd crack, perhaps a few snaps into it, the espresso is bright, creamy, dense, sweet, chocolaty, silky. I enjoyed some shots at lighter roasts that were very citric and intense, but perhaps a little bright for some palates.