Espresso Review - El Salvador Espresso by Johnson Brothers Coffee
Roast: Medium Review Date: August 2011
Origin: Northwestern El Salvador Price: $13.95/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Richly sweet, custardy milk chocolate notes dominate aroma and flavor, saved from simplicity by a green apple tartness and a hint of cedary pungency. The finish in the small cup is surprisingly tight and drying, but the roundly sweet, mousse-like chocolate notes and the hint of tart fruit make an impressive return in two parts milk.

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 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 Central American 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: Those who enjoy the natural complexities of pure, high-end chocolates.


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