Equator Coffees & Teas

El Salvador Finca Himalaya Honey

Location: San Rafael, California

Origin: Apaneca, Ahuachapan Department, El Salvador.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $14.49/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2014

Agtron: 52/69

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Big, crisply sweet, deep. Brisk walnut, guava and roasted cacao nib in front, softened and supported by backgrounded narcissus-like flowers and aprium-like fruit. Rich, bittersweet-toned acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate suggestions in particular carry into a resonant, flavor-saturated finish.


Produced entirely from trees of the heirloom Bourbon variety of Arabica by farmer Mauricio Salaverria of Divisadero Café Farms on his highest altitude farm, Finca Himalaya. This coffee was processed using the honey method, which means that the outer skin is removed as it is in the wet process, but all or some of the sticky fruit residue is allowed to dry on the bean and later removed by machine along with the parchment skin. Founded in 1995, Equator Coffees & Teas is a women-owned wholesale coffee roasting company with web-based retail and two recently-established cafés. Equator focuses on sustainability in coffee sourcing and business practices. Visit www.equatorcoffees.com or call 800-809-7687 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Cabernet drinkers in particular may enjoy this big, rich honey-processed cup.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2014 tasting report: Honey and Natural Process Coffees, Central America 2014

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