PT's Coffee Roasting

La Avila SL28 El Salvador

Location: Topeka, Kansas

Origin: Tecapa Chinameca growing region, Santiago de María, southeastern El Salvador

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $22.00/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2019

Agtron: 54/70

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweet, deep, nut-toned but juicy. Roasted pistachio, baker’s chocolate, lime zest, hints of peach and elderflower in aroma and cup. Gently and roundly bright in structure; smooth, satiny in mouthfeel. Coconut, implicit in the cup, emerges in a nut-buttery finish.


This coffee earned the second-highest rating in a tasting of El Salvador coffees for Coffee Review’s August 2019 tasting report. Produced by Lucia Ortiz at Finca Las Mercedes from trees of the celebrated SL28 variety of Arabica, a Bourbon-related variety associated with Kenya’s finest coffees. A washed-process coffee, meaning the soft fruit residue was removed from the beans before drying. Roasted at PT’s Coffee, where the motto is “without the love, it’s just coffee.” Visit www.ptscoffee.com or call 888-678-JAVA for more information.


The Bottom Line: The nut notes are pleasant but just a front; drink it for its grown-up dry chocolate, zesty lime and elderflower notes that emerge with just a little patience.

This review originally appeared in the August, 2019 tasting report: El Salvador Coffees 2019: Pacamaras, Bourbons and Change

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