|Region||El Sauce, San Ignacio, Cajamarca|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||February 2018 Arrival|
|Cultivar Detail||Caturra, Typica|
|Appearance||.2 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City - so juicy all along the roast spectrum|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
The village of El Sauce is located in San Ignacio District, Cajamarca, a region known for producing specialty grade coffee. The group in El Sauce are one of several who together have formed a coffee farmer's alliance, "Finca Santuario". The goal of this association is to aggregate resources in order to not only gain the small farmer transparent access to the global market, but also work as a collective to increase their coffee's value by planting cultivars with cup quality in mind, and improve harvest techniques as well as processing and drying conditions. This is a fully washed coffee, meaning that after most of the fruit is mechanically removed from the seed, the remaining sticky layer of mucilage is broken down by overnight fermentation and then washed away the next day. Most of the farmers wet-process and dry their coffee at home, and then deliver their dry pachment to the local association arm in town where it is stored until export. This is one of four lots of coffee we bought from Finca Santuario this year, most of which we're finding to be versatile in the roaster, as well as working well in many brew methods (this one is a fantastic espresso!).
Light City roasts smell so sweet with honey and toffee smells, along with a subtle dry fruit accents of green apple and golden raisin. The wet aromatics have a candied sweetness that's like Kraft caramels, that subtle apple note sensed in dry fragrance coming through much clearer, and together, reminiscent of caramel apple. Light roasts have a surprising juiciness in the cup, big body apparent even at City roast level. There's a pistachio and chocolate flavor when the coffee is hot, which fades away a bit as the cup cools, moving into an apple flavor that's more like stewed fruit than dried. I didn't think I was going to like my Full City roast as the coffee smelled dark to the point of ashy, but was surprised by a high level of sweetness. When hot, it's all about bittersweetness, but as the coffee cools, a dark fruited side adds subtle highlights in the finish. El Sauce is a killer espresso as well, Full City roasts weighing heavy on the palate, a coating effect that leaves intense chocolate tones to linger.