JBC Coffee Roasters

El Aguila SL28 El Salvador

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Origin: Santa Ana region, El Salvador

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $19.50/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2018

Agtron: 57/80

Aroma: 8

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicately but pungently floral. Narcissus-like flowers, baker’s chocolate, tart black currant, oak, roasted pistachio in aroma and cup. Crisply sweet and lightly savory in structure; plump and lightly syrupy in mouthfeel. Flowers, cocoa-like chocolate, pistachio in particular carry into a gently drying finish.


Finca El Aguila is owned by Mauricio Ariz and his sons. It occupies 63 hectares in Cantón Ojo de Agua, municipality of Chalchuapa, near the Santa Ana Volcano. A small portion of the farm is devoted to the production of SL 28, the tree variety most responsible the great coffees of Kenya. This is a wet-processed or “washed” version of the SL 28, meaning the fruit skin and pulp were removed from the beans immediately after harvesting and before drying. 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: A subtle but persuasive version of the resonantly pungent, berry-and-flowers Kenya-style cup.

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