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JBC Coffee Roasters

El Aquila Pacamara El Salvador

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Santa Ana region, El Salvador

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.90/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2017

Agtron: 56/78

Aroma: 8

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deep, resonant, quietly complex. Candied orange zest, baker’s chocolate, tamarind, roasted walnut, cedar in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-savory structure with a roundly tart edge. Satiny, lively mouthfeel. Tamarind and cedar carry into the short finish; walnut lasts in the long.

Notes:

Produced from trees of the much admired, bold-bean Pacamara variety of Arabica, a cross between the giant-beaned Maragogipe variety and Pacas, a selection of the heirloom Bourbon, and processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying) by grower Ricardo Ariz. JBC Coffee Roasters’ vision is simple: “let the coffee lead the way” through sourcing and roasting the best and most unique coffees available and rewarding the farmers who grow those coffees with substantial premiums. Visit www.jbccoffeeroasters.com or call 608-256-5282 for more information.

The Bottom Line: Offers the depth and balance of a fine Pacamara, simultaneously sweet, savory and tart, with a quietly resonant set of aroma and flavor notes.