Coffee Review - El Salvador San Isidro by Green Mountain Coffee
Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: December 2010
Origin: Ahuachapan Department, El Salvador. Price: $17.95/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Nut and molasses-like sweetness in the understated aroma. “Heavy and smooth” (co-cupper Wendy De Jong 89) to “lightly syrupy” (Ken 90) mouthfeel. Balanced acidity. Both Wendy and Ken found low-acid fruit leaning toward dark chocolate in cup and finish, though their associations varied, from Ken’s simple “cherryish fruit” to Wendy’s evocative “apricot … mulled wine and apples.” Both agreed that this coffee stayed on the rich side of astringency in the sweet, chocolate-toned finish.

Notes: A prize winner in the 2010 El Salvador Cup of Excellence ( competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed fourth out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 89.25 from an international jury. This is one of Green Mountain's "Special Reserve" series of select small lots of seasonally available coffees. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is one of the country's leading specialty roasters, offering a particularly wide-ranging variety of origins and roast styles, including this elite selection. Visit or call 800-223-6768 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Balanced, quietly complete cup with complex, chocolate-leaning fruit character.


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