PT's Coffee Roasting Co.

El Salvador Finca Kilimanjaro

Location: Topeka, Kansas

Origin: Santa Ana Department, El Salvador.

Roast: Medium-Light

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Review Date: July 2009

Agtron: 54/82

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 7

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Plush, extravagant fruit aromatics. Co-cupper Andy Newbom (89) praised the “absolutely glorious citrus and heavy florals” in the aroma; Ken (88) a – “lush fruit, flowers, a hint of cocoa.” For both the acidity was delicate and clean, the mouthfeel “buttery” (Andy). Andy energetically reported on flavor: “high notes of lemon and grapefruit that explode into raw cocoa.” However, both Ken and Andy found a slight hard sensation haunting cup and finish, dampening the explosive aromatics.


Named after East Africa’s highest peak by Aida Batlle, one of El Salvador’s (and Central America’s) finest and most innovative coffee producers, Finca Kilimanjaro is planted with the famous SL28 variety of Arabica responsible for the finest coffees of Kenya. PT’s is a quality-oriented wholesale/retail specialty roaster with a wide and refined selection of coffee blends and origins. The PT’s motto is “without the love, it’s just coffee.” Visit www.ptscoffee.com or call 888-678-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who lead with the nose. A hint of astringency kept this month's sample of this normally soaring coffee more grounded than usual.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2009 tasting report: Botany and the Cup: The Bourbon Conundrum

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