TASTING NOTES

COCOA, LEMON, CREAMY

ROASTING

The process of applying heat to green coffee beans to transform it’s chemical & physical properties,  resulting in roasted coffee beans that can be brewed.

MEDIUM-DARK ROAST

We roasted this selecting with our bold profile, to enhance its body. The darker roast brings out the creamy and cocoa flavors from the beans, while tempering their lemon acidity.

REGION

Similar to Napa Valley or Burgundy for wine, the region where a coffee is grown can tell us a lot about the coffee.

APANECA

Located in El Salvador’s “Golden Coffee Belt,” Apaneca’s volcanic soil produces some of the country’s finest coffees. Many Cup of Excellence lots are from this region, which boasts four active volcanoes. Santa Anna, the dominant of the four, erupted as recently as 2005 — shutting down the coffee industry in the area for two years but replenishing the soil with precious nutrients for farmers after they recovered.

PRODUCER

The farm & mill where the coffee cherry is grown & processed.

FINCA LAS PAMPAS

Finca Las Pampas is steeped in history of the coffee industry in El Salvador. The farm was one of the coffee-growing operations in the country, and this land was purchased by to unite the Magaña and Mendez families when family members married. Both of these families have a long history of growing coffee in El Salvador, with the Magaña family tracing its roots in the industry back six generations.
Finca Las Pampas is Rainforest Alliance Certified.

PROCESSING

The method by which the green coffee bean is removed from the fruit & then dried & stored can affect the taste of the coffee.

WET PROCESSED (WASHED)

This selection is fully washed, or wet processed. In wet processing, beans are only dried after all the fruit on the bean has been completely removed. (Letting the fruit ferment first makes removing it easy.) This processing method:

  • Is the most common method used for coffee
  • Generally creates clean flavors
  • Produces a consistent profile

VARIETAL

Most wine drinkers know whether they prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. Similarly, the Arabica coffee plant has several botanical varieties, each with unique taste characteristics.

RED BOURBON AND RED CATURRA

This lot is made up of two varietals:

  • Red Bourbon, which is a variation of Bourbon (one of the original coffee varietals)
  • Caturra, which also comes from Bourbon and is known for produce good beans at high elevations