Kean Coffee

El Salvador SHG Honey Bourbon

Location: Newport Beach, California

Origin: Ahuachapan Department, El Salvador.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $14.95/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2012

Agtron: 49/63

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Very sweet, deeply pungent. Blackberry, black currant, fir, with a backgrounded dark chocolate in aroma and cup. Pungent though rather muted acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Richly drying finish.


In El Salvador the acronym SHG (Strictly High Grown) refers to coffee produced at elevations above 4,000 feet (1,200 meters). This coffee was produced exclusively from trees of the heirloom Bourbon variety of Arabica and 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. With two locations in Southern California’s Orange County, Kéan Coffee is an in-house coffee roaster and retailer established by Martin Diedrich of the distinguished Diedrich coffee family. The Kéan slogan, “Martin knows his beans” should be true, considering Martin grew up in Guatemala where his family owned a coffee farm. Visit www.keancoffee.com or call 949-933-9164 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: The honey process deepens and rounds the characteristically tart Bourbon fruit, making this a good choice for aficionados exploring a variation on the great Bourbon profile, and for anyone who prefers rich pungency to bright acidity.

This review originally appeared in the September, 2012 tasting report: Honey and Pulped Natural Coffees

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