Counter Culture Coffee
Finca Mauritania Pasa Santa Ana El Salvador
|Roaster Location:||Durham, North Carolina|
|Coffee Origin:||Santa Ana Department, El Salvador.|
|Review Date:||November 2008|
Blind Assessment: Complex aroma, with distinct ferment notes that read as blueberry and dessert wine with hints of walnut and cedar. Sweet and balanced in the cup, with creamy body, notes of cocoa nibs and cherry cordial and hints of leather, aromatic wood and dry Mediterranean herbs. Sweet toned finish with mild astringency developing in the long.
Notes: Finca Mauritania owner Aida Batlle is one of El Salvador's (and Central America's) most innovative coffee producers. Certified organically grown, this lot is comprised of entirely of Bourbon variety of Coffea Arabica. Pasa, or "raisin" in Spanish, indicates this is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit is removed, as is the case with wet-processed or "washed" coffees. Counter Culture Coffee is a small-batch wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to exceptional coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A mildly but explicitly fermented version of the traditional dry-processed profile.
This review originally appeared in the November, 2008 tasting report: Unassuming Beauty: Coffees of El Salvador and Honduras