Coffee Review - El Salvador La Pinera by Java Blend Coffee
  • Java Blend Coffee Roasters

    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • El Salvador La Pinera

Roast: Medium Review Date: December 2010
Origin: San Miguel Department, El Salvador. Price: CAD $22.00/16 ounces

Blind Assessment: Co-cupper Wendy De Jong (92) admired this coffee’s savory depth more than Ken (90) did. Wendy: “floral and herbal aroma with dark cocoa. Complex flavors of savory herbs, sweet tomatoes, lemongrass and sweet stewed fruits.” Ken wanted a bit more brightness and shimmer. Both appreciated an acidity that was “rich” for Ken and “well-structured” for Wendy. Both commended a “creamy and supple” (Wendy) mouthfeel. “Sophisticated and lovely coffee gracefully roasted” Wendy concluded.

Notes: A prize winner in the 2010 El Salvador Cup of Excellence ( competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed eleventh out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 86.50 from an international jury. This coffee was produced from trees of the much-admired, bold-beaned Pacamara variety on the La Pinera farm. The Pacamara variety, a cross between the giant-beaned Maragogipe and Pacas, a selection of the heirloom Bourbon variety, has proven to produce exceptional coffee on many El Salvador farms. Java Blend Coffee Roasters is a small batch roasting company owned and operated by the same family since 1938. It custom-roasts and delivers coffee within two days of ordering throughout most of the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Visit or call 877-596-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Trust Wendy.


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