El Pen_n is a nice soft-bean coffee at a time when fresh Brazils are quite scarce. Dark sugar sweetness offset by roasted almond and walnut notes, and a nice bittering baker's cocoa finish. Crowd-pleaser coffee, versatile in the roaster and in brew method. City+ to Full City+. Single Origin Espresso.
Surrounded by Datanli and El Diablo nature reserves, La Bastilla Estate spans across 300 hectares of lush green natural forest. 180 of these are currently planted in coffee, and are split into several plots along the Estate. We procured a few of the micro-lot coffees this season, this lot from El Pen_n being on the larger side at 30 bags. These are mid-harvest day lots, a single day's production when the coffee trees are at their peak. During this time, La Bastilla keeps all day lots separated so that they can each be cupped against each other, the ones with the best scores being offered as "micro-lot" quality.
The ground coffee smells of Turkish apricot, brown sugar, and roasted nuts. There's a cocoa powder scent too in Full City roasts, offsetting the roasted nut aspect nicely. Wetting the grounds lifts a toffee nut smell in the steam, butter-sweet, and the break smells like praline. As a brewed coffee, El Pen_n has a straight-forward brown sugar sweetness, offset by notes of almond and walnut, as well as a pleasantly bittering baker's cocoa flavor. This is a crowd-pleasing cup, on the basic side, but with great balance of sweet and bittersweet flavors. Acidity is slight, black tea in nature, and does a great job of tying the cup profile together. A nice soft-bean coffee at a time when fresh Brazils are scarce, great as a dual-use brew/espresso option too.