El Turbante showcases flavors of toffee and nut, and with gentle, but balancing acidity. Red apple, green grape come up in the profile, and Dutch drinking cocoa round out the cup. This lot fits the daily roster, good sweetness, and well balanced. City+ to Full City+. SO Espresso.
El Turbante is a perched on the spine of a mountain in Huehuetenango. The area has produced some really nice coffees, but the opportunity finds its way to large farms who can market their coffee and enter competitions rarely spreads to their small-scale neighbors. We partnered with locals to try to reward these small farmers with better prices than they had ever seen, if they could grow and process coffee that meets our ideas of quality. This lot is testament to the fact that they could do it, and did do it. In the past the only options to local farmers was to sell the "coyotes" who drive around offering cash for coffee, or to sell the bigger farms and mills in the zone. But neither rewarded the farmer with a better price for quality coffee. This lot is made up from three different farmers in the sub-region of Michicoy, who's coffee lots we thought complimentary to one another.
The dry fragrance of El Turbante has buttery-sweet smell, raw sugar and melting butter, along with a scent of praline nut. The range of smells is multiplied with the application of hot water, bringing on strong notes of vanilla caramel and raw honey. It's a very sweet smelling coffee and the break shows a bit of raisin and honey wheat. As a cup, this coffee showcases flavors of toffee and nut, and with a gentle acidity that offers balance and structure. A bit of red apple and green grape come up in the profile, and a nice, rich flavor of fine Dutch drinking cocoa rounds out the cup. This is a great drinking coffee, and one that fits the daily roster - sweet, balanced, bodied, and without any 'over the top', top notes. El Turbante also makes a great dual-use coffee with SO espresso really shining in the Full City roast range.