|Roaster Location:||Topeka, Kansas|
|Coffee Origin:||Chalatenango Department, El Salvador|
|Review Date:||July 2009|
Blind Assessment: Both Ken (93) and co-cupper Andy Newbom (92) admired the deep, profoundly fruit-toned character of this coffee. "Very sweet, richly but discreetly fruity coffee" for Ken, displaying "butter, honey, nut, aromatic wood, night flowers, a hint of herb." Andy read more excitement and less discretion in the fruit character, in which (prepare yourself) "a menage a trois of raisins, dates and butterscotch got together with tangerine, clover honey and some lemons and raspberries and threw the sexiest block part ever." Incidentally, sweetly bright acidity, "round and juicy" (Andy) mouthfeel, and a finish that resolved the profile with profound sweetness and "the slightest hint of savory complexity" (also Andy).
Notes: Finca Los Planes is a distinguished, innovating El Salvador farm, one of whose coffees placed in this year's El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition. Produced from trees of the Bourbon variety at an elevation of approximately 5,300 feet by farmer Sergio Edmundo Ticas Reyes. This selection consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. This peaberry was tactfully roasted at PT's Coffee, where the 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: "Don't let this mouth party end," writes co-cupper Andy Newbom, which definitely sounds like a buy recommendation.
This review originally appeared in the July, 2009 tasting report: Botany and the Cup: The Bourbon Conundrum