A wonderful arrival from Western Honduras replete with super sweet tropical fruit! City+ roasts have guava, strawberry, hints of passion fruit, orange marmalade. Full City roasts add a tangy bittersweet overlay to the fruit, providing a rindy and brisk accent to the cup, with orange peel and coriander seed. City+ to Full City.
This coffee is a late harvest blend of smallholder farms in the area of Pena Blanca and Santa Barabara towns, in Santa Barbara department of Western Honduras. These coffees are from farms too small to keep separate, and represent coffees from the areas of Cielito, Las Flores, and El Cedral. These zones have been producing some amazing coffees for years, super sweet, with tropical fruit notes. The main problem from this area in the past has been agronomy and processing of the lots. It can be quite wet during the time when coffee needs to dry, and the old methods of drying coffee resulted in a lot of damage to the cup quality. Beneficio San Vicente has provided this, as well as the cupping skills to identify the best coffees from these smallholder farms, most of which are in the range of 1600 meters or higher.
The aromatics of this Santa Barbara coffee are quite sweet, with the dry grounds hinting at guava, melon and orange peel. The wet aroma has coriander sweet spice, grape juice, and caramel biscuit. It's very nice! The Santa Barbara has a really nice cup from lighter City roast through Full City. Light roasts have the best tropical fruit sweetness; guava, strawberry, hints of passion fruit, orange marmalade. At Full City a tangy roast bittersweet overlays the fruit, providing a rindy and brisk accent to the cup, finishing with orange peel and coriander seed. The roast taste is caramelly, pairing well to the viscous body. The sweetness lasts on the palate throughout the long aftertaste.