|Roaster Location:||Santa Clara, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Ahuachapan Department, El Salvador.|
|Review Date:||March 2009|
Improves as it moves along. The aroma is delicate, almost too delicate, with only slight hints of chocolate and flowers. Picks up energy in the cup: soft but vibrant acidity, silky mouthfeel. The dark chocolate and night flowers retain their delicacy but turn distinct and rich, carrying into a long, sweet-toned finish.
A prize winner in the 2008 El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed twelfth out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 86.5 from an international jury. Grower Tom Hawk produced this coffee entirely from trees of the Pacamara variety. Pacamara, a cross between the giant-beaned Maragogipe variety and Pacas, a selection of the heirloom Bourbon, has proven to produce exceptional coffee on many El Salvador farms. Barefoot Coffee Roasters is an award-winning and widely recognized small-batch roasting company that describes itself as "a happy little cafe and roastery in the heart of Silicon Valley." Visit www.barefootcoffeeroasters.com for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Patient lovers of subtlety.
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This review originally appeared in the March, 2009 tasting report: San Francisco Bay Area Coffees: Dark and Beyond