Espresso Review - El Salvador Finca Malacara by Bacca Cafe
  • Bacca Cafe

    Tainan City, Taiwan
  • El Salvador Natural Finca Malacara

Roast: Medium Review Date: May 2013
Origin: Volcan de Santa Ana regioin, El Salvador. Price: NT $600/8 ounces

Blind Assessment: Evaluated as espresso. Ken (93) and his co-taster (88) went rather different ways on this deep, sweet, brandyish, lightly herby dried-in-the-fruit profile. Ken enjoyed the overripe, fermenty fruit notes in aroma and cup; his co-taster was not greatly impressed. Both had good things to say about the mouthfeel (co-taster: “huge and enveloping”); on the other hand, neither were impressed by the rather astringent finish. Ken admired the impact in three parts milk (“juicy and rich”) more than did his co-taster, who found it pleasantly berryish but a bit too tart.

Notes: This is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or "washed" coffees. Bacca Café is a Taiwanese family-owned small café that roasts its own coffee and bakes its own pastries with great respect for the quality and provenance of green coffees and bakery ingredients. Call +886-6-580-2009 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy big, fruity and oaky red wines.


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