"Nueva Allianza" is a 2-producer blend from the village of Concepci_n del Horno, located in the Department of Comayagua. These farmers have less than 3 hectares of coffee between them, altitude ranging between 1550 and 1650 meters above sea level. This area was deeply affected by a leaf rust epidemic in 2011, many farmers losing entire crops and having to completely start over. Because of this, you see a lot of local Catimor types, displaying high resistance to the devastating coffee plant disease "roya", or leaf rust. They also tend to produce large sized beans, 16 - 19 screen sizes. Put these beans side by side with one of our Guatemalan coffees and the size difference is stark. We found our best roasting results in the City+ to Full City roast range, where a balance between juicy fruit and bittering cocoa tones is struck, with nice sweetness, and convincing acidity. This is a great dual-purpose coffee too, with Full City/FC+ roasts showing great as single origin espresso.
Grinding our City+ roast, your greeted with a sweet scent of butter pecan, a culmination of fresh caramel and nut smells, along with a faint note of dried fruit. Aromatically, the coffee has a thick sweet to bittersweet smell emanating from the crust, caramel sauce drizzled over chocolate brownie, a carob note on the break. There's a juiciness expressed in the brewed coffee and is reinforced by a nice flavor of fresh red apple. As the cup cools, a similar note of Asian pear comes up, juicy and sweet, with loads of burned sugar up front, and a walnut note trailing behind in the finish. Full City roasts are juicy too, a note of tart golden plum wrapped in complex layers of dark chocolate through and through. I found a fruited acidity to really shine in the lighter roasts (sort of malic), and still propping up the cup at deeper levels too. Full City to FC+ roasts make wonderful SO espresso too with lasting deep-toned chocolate notes, red plum to fig fruited accents, and incredibly creamy mouthfeel.