Coffee Review - El Salvador Los Alpes by Johnson Brothers Coffee
Roast: Light Review Date: August 2011
Origin: Northwest El Salvador. Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Complex, exhilarating aromatics: cedar, orange, flowers, with a rounding chocolaty sweetness in the cup. Tart, intense acidity; silky mouthfeel. The tart, acidy sensation dominates in the finish, cushioned by a continued chocolaty sweetness.

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 El Banco, one of the three original plantings of the now-classic Pacamara hybrid 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: Lovers of decisively dry but complexly aromatic white table wines should enjoy this very light-roasted coffee.


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