Cafe Grumpy

El Salvador Malacara B

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Origin: Volcan de Santa Ana region, El Salvador.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.00/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2014

Agtron: 59/78

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Softly and distinctively pungent. Roasted cacao nib, butterscotch, narcissus-like flowers, tangerine-like fruit in aroma and cup. Gently vibrant acidity; full, velvety mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates but lingers in a crisp, sweet finish.


Finca Malacara, an old and celebrated El Salvador coffee farm, was divided into three farms (A, B, and C) in 1955. This lot, from farm B, is composed entirely of coffee from the heirloom Yellow Bourbon variety of Arabica. An integral part of New York’s coffee renaissance, Brooklyn-based Café Grumpy opened its first café in 2005 and has since expanded to six locations, including a roasting facility and bakery. Visit www.cafegrumpy.com or call 718-383-0748 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: The sweet yet dry fruit character of Bourbon-derived varieties of Arabica presents here with subtle understatement that should please those who value gentle acidity, full mouthfeel and quietly distinctive aromatics.

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