Roast Level: Light Medium
Elevation: 1,350 MASL
Farm: Santa Maria
Tasting Notes: Plum Sake, Sakura Blossom, & Brown Butter
Recommended For: Pour Over, Auto Drip, & Full Immersion
Description: This incredibly complex natural coffee hails from the Calzontes Arriba region of El Salvador. The Santa Maria farm, headed currently by Eduardo Alvarez, sits in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec, a biosphere reserve that is home to the oldest volcano in the Central American Volcanic Arc, and over 9,000 acres of nature reserve. With the cool climates, cloud forests, and active volcanoes, this region is ripe with signs of specialty coffee production, and the Alvarez Family put it to great use. After harvest this lot was sun dried on raised beds for 23 days. We roasted this coffee just shy of medium, and it really allows the complexity to shine through. On the front end, you pick up on notes of red berries, plum sake, and some milk chocolate on the nose. Soon after, you will reach notes of roasted almonds, cherry, and a subtle hint of merlot. These notes soon transform into more floral notes of sakura blossom that translate to an incredibly creamy mouthfeel. The medium body is smooth and has a little depth to it, despite its lighter roast profile. That smoothness carries into its finish, accompanied by sweet notes of brown butter, with the merlot note lingering on the palate. Get this coffee while you can, as it is part of our rotating premium selection!