|Ithaca, New York
|Santa Barbara, Honduras.
Pungent, sweetly tart: Cranberry, honey and nectarine-like stonefruit in an intense aroma rounded by a cocoaish dark chocolate in the cup. Rich, fruit-toned acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Fruit and cocoa in particular carry into a slightly dry finish.
This coffee is made up entirely of the Pacas variety of Arabica coffee, a compact-growing mutant of Bourbon first found in El Salvador. Las Peñitas is a farm with a tradition of award-winning coffees; the Benítez family won first place in the 2005 and 2010 Honduras Cup of Excellence competitions, the most respected competition for green coffees from a given country of origin. Gimme! Coffee is a small-batch roaster with four espresso bars and an irreverent but passionate vision of coffee. Visit www.gimmecoffee.com or call 877-446-6325 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy crisp, fruit-toned white wines. Displays a hint of the elegantly dry, pungent fruit sensation associated with the Bourbon variety from which Pacas mutated.
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This review originally appeared in the December, 2011 tasting report: Single-Variety Coffees: Aficionado Fun