|Santa Clara, California
|Ahuachapan region, El Salvador
A light-roasted coffee rather too bright and lean-bodied to fulfill conventional expectations for espresso, though shimmeringly floral and citrusy throughout the profile. "Very clean and floral in the aroma" for co-taster Heather Perry (87). In the small cup refreshingly if rather sharply citrus, with "delicate butter and floral notes" (Ken, 87) that carry into an impressive, sweetly dry finish. The delicate floral and citrus profile fades in milk, however, retaining a tart sweetness but quite lean in mouthfeel.
Sold in a handsome 12-ounce reclosable valve can. A prize winner in the 2007 El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed tenth out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 86.3 from an international jury. Grower Gloria Rodriguez produces this coffee entirely from trees of the heirloom Bourbon variety. 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
Lovers of high-toned floral coffees in drip presentation may enjoy this coffee as a straight shot or Americano.
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This review originally appeared in the June, 2008 tasting report: Single-Origin Espressos 2008