Don Vasquez' coffees boasts a thick, honeyed sweetness, followed by cherry and apricot top notes, and fresh, herbaceous hints. The mouthfeel is very syrupy lending to the lasting bittersweetness that fills out the finish. City to Full City.
This coffee is from the farm of Don Marel Vasquez, who's been farming coffee in the region for more than 10 years now. Ocotepeque is in the southwest corner of Honduras, bordering Guatemala and El Salvador, and has a rich history in coffee farming. The mountain ranges in this region provide altitude, microclimates, and rich volcanic soil that are ideal for farming coffee. This particular farm rests at the foothills of the Celaque National Park and mountain range at 1650 meters above sea level. Don Vasquez's farm is planted in Caturra with a little Catuai mixed in. He fully washes his coffee using an ecopulper, then sun-drying on patios. The green coffee is hand-sorted, which is ideal for removing defects that make it through the milling process.
This coffee shows extremely well in the City+ to Full City roast range, striking balance between sugary-sweetness and bittering cocoa tones, with a top-note complexness that caused it to stand out on a table of offers from the region. The dry fragrance of Tuyal is perfumed with brown sugar and fruit smells, along with a grainy-chocolate flavor that reminds me of carob. The wet grounds have a honey and raisin scent, cooked pear, with an herbaceous touch. City to City+ roasts show nice honey flavor along with cocoa and stone fruit, like a chocolate-covered apricot slabs. This coffee shows hefty sweetness, pleasant herbal notes hanging overhead, and black tea-like acidity providing a mouth-cleansing effect. Roasting closer to FC will develop heavier chocolate and roast tones, layered cocoa flavors, and a black cherry flavor underneath.