Crowd pleasing, balance of unrefined sugars, mild bittering tones and soft apple-like acidity. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate chip, almond paste, and hazelnut spread. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||February 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra, Typica|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Made up from coffees of several different farmers in Huabal District of Jaén Province, this 25 bag regional blend represents the coffees of many of the small holders in this region. Altitude averages around 1750 meters and cultivars grown are typically Caturra, with some Typica and Bourbon mixed in. This is a fully washed coffee, wet processed by the farmers, who then deliver their coffee in dry parchment (the green bean with the thin parchment layer still intact) to a warehouse in Cajamarca where it is graded and purchased. The group who set up this buying operation are working to register all the farmers they buy from in order to help isolate different quality tiers, but also be able to issue the initial payments and any quality premiums themselves, something that was lacking when they were buying through more traditional avenues. It doesn't help that the roads leading to Huabal and within the district are much more rustic than some of their neighbors, limiting access to farmers in this region.
Another crowd pleasing, balanced coffee from the small producers in the Huabal district of El Paraiso. The dry grounds are marked by hazelnut and milk chocolate, light brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon. The brewed coffee is very balanced at a wide roast range in terms of sweetness and bittering coffee flavors. It has apple-like acidity that keeps the cup from falling flat and lends to a hint of fruit at City+. The flavor profile is simple and clean and middle roasts pull out notes of chocolate chip, almond paste, and hazelnut/chocolate spread. One of my roasts hit a rolling 2nd crack (Full City+) and the sweetness persisted, keeping bittering roast tones well in check and underscoring flavors of semi-sweet chocolate. This lot from El Paraiso will certainly work well as espresso too.