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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

El Salvador Finca Loma La Gloria

Location: La Jolla, California

Origin: El Boqueron, Volcan de San Salvador, El Salvador.

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $18.99/12 ounces

Review Date: June 2015

Agtron: 78/99

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

A fine coffee that is fine in unusual ways. A sweet, fragrant wood note dominates; we associated it most closely with sassafras. In and around it: vanilla, rose-like flowers, musk, a richly tart citrus (candied tangerine?). Tartly juicy acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Vanilla, musk and rose in particular carry into a finish that, as it lengthens, continues to modulate and surprise.

Notes:

This lot is comprised entirely 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. It was processed by the red honey method, meaning the beans were dried after removal of the fruit skins, but with more than 50% of the fruit flesh still adhering to the beans. From producer Anny Pimentel; the retail release of this La Loma Gloria coffee by Bird Rock Coffee Roasters marks her first direct-trade relationship with a roasting company. Based in the San Diego area, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a retailer and wholesaler focused on organic and socially responsible coffees; it was awarded the “2012 Micro Roaster of the Year” title from Roast Magazine. Visit www.birdrockcoffee.com or call 858-551-1707 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Don’t expect the classic, nor tropical fruit and flowers. In some respects one of a kind. A beverage analogy might be a heavily but very fragrantly hopped IPA.