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Carrboro Coffee Roasters

Honduras El Pinabetal

Location: Carrboro, North Carolina

Origin: Santa Barbara Department, Honduras.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $12.00/8 ounces

Review Date: December 2010

Agtron: 38/49

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Co-cupper Wendy De Jong showed a bit more enthusiasm (89) than Ken (88) for this roast-influenced profile. For the dominant aromatic note in the cup Wendy read “fresh fig,” Ken simply “raisin.” Both cited a pungent, spicy cedar; Ken added dark chocolate. For Wendy the acidity was “mild and fruity.” Fullish body, though Ken found the mouthfeel slightly lean.

Notes:

A prize winner in the 2009 Honduras Cup of Excellence (www.cupofexcellence.org) competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed twenty-fifth out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 85.91 from an international jury. Sharing a building and ownership with Open Eye Café, Carrboro Coffee Roasters describes itself as a “premier small batch artisan coffee roastery.” Visit www.carrborocoffee.com or call 919-968-4760 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A moderately dark roast develops an attractively pungent, cedary fruit character.


This review originally appeared in the December, 2010 tasting report: Prize-Winning Coffees from Latin America

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