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|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||Apr 20 2015|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 16+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Here's another Fair Trade Organic offer from the El Palto Cooperative, a group that's operated in the Amazonian Andes since 2003. This is typica varietal, a large bean coffee, and one that handles well in the roaster, roast level easily judged by even surface color and fracturing (out of 300 grams I found 1 quaker). El Palto is concerned with quality and quantity, investing premiums in both the farms and the families of farmers. They're currently at nearly 200 members, and have done a great job of isolating quality lots and featuring as micro, single-farm lot offers.
We did three roasts of this coffee, as light as City and up to Full City. All the way through, the aroma is spiked with unrefined sugar smells, the darkest roast nearing black strap molasses territory. The wet grounds have subtle baking spice and toffee nut notes, and a nice caramel and walnut brownie sweetness. A City+ roast shows surprising levels of raw sugar and cinnamon, along with sweet cocoa and nut in the finish. I actually prefer the City+ - Full City range, deeply bodied and sweet, and darker roasts hinging on 70% dark cacao bar with a touch of chipotle pepper smokiness. City roasts are nice too, but more nut flavors are bit more pronounced. Still, this is quite a versatile coffee that handles really well in the roaster, nice audible snaps from the large Typica beans. Makes a super chocolatey espresso too.