The Morales family has been in the coffee business for quite some time now. Starting with their own farm, they've built out an impressive wet mill in the San Pedro Necta Highlands just off one of the most narrow, dizzying dirt roads I've ever travelled on. They have a wet mill, a large patio for drying, and as of last year built a good size covered drying house with several rows of raised, mesh lined drying tables. It's a tight operation, sizable, and day mill separations allow us to build relatively large blended lots made up of our top selections. The farm is planted mainly in Bourbon and Caturra, and they operate a Penagos water conserving pulper. This is an area we've been working in the past few years, with our Proyecto Xinabajul, and we've met many neighboring farmers through our relationship with the Morales family. We have much to thank them for, not the least of which is the sole opportunity to buy their coffee!This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.
Grinding the coffee lets off of an up-front sweetness of dried plum, along with a bit of raisin and all-spice. At Full City, notes of vanilla and caramel come up from the grounds, along with a sense of clove spice. The wet aroma has the essence of fruits baked with brown sugar - peach, and apple - with so much caramel and cream through to the break. Full City roasts show roast tones, burned sugar and such, and are super sweet and with slight basil or tarragon herb notes, more a reflection of roast level. Famila Morales is a coffee that cups with equally high levels of sweetness, fruit, and acidity. From City to Full City, this coffee is loaded with honey and caramel. The acidity 'pops' too, like fruit juice - nice and refreshing. City roasts show flavors of apple and white grape, sweet and juicy. Full City roasts develop darker fruit notes, plum and concord grape, even some ripe peach. It's a densely sweet coffee, and body is big, conveying these fruit notes nicely at both dark and light roast levels. The finish shows tannic fruit skin and cocoa flavors, rounding out the cup nicely. This makes a great brewed coffee in the City to Full City roast ranges. We pulled a shot of espresso with our Full City roast, and it was so delicious - thick, rich chocolate flavors, and deeply sweet.
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