Coffee Review - El Salvador Pacamara Finca Los Alpes The Bank
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: December 2010
Origin: Northwestern El Salvador Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Deep, complex and layered. Night flowers, molasses, lemon, crisp cocoa in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart acidity, smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Richly balanced, flavor-saturated finish.

Notes: Farmer Luis Alonso Araujo produced this coffee from trees of the much-admired, bold-beaned Pacamara variety on a section of his farm Los Alpes called The Bank, one of the three original plantings of the now-classic Pacamara variety as it emerged from the laboratory of Angel Cabrera. Pacamara, 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. Johnson Brothers Coffee Roasters is a distinguished small-batch roasting company. Visit or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Deep, slightly savory yet lushly floral, crisp and lemony, quietly exotic.


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