Topeca Coffee Roasters

Manzano Blend El Salvador

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Origin: Santa Ana Department, El Salvador.

Roast: Medium-Light

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Review Date: July 2009

Agtron: 55/75

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

For co-cupper Andy Newbom (88) “dried peaches and a hint of prunes struggle to open into dark chocolate” in the cup. For Ken (89) the sweet dried fruit notes actually make it to dark chocolate, albeit a “berry-toned” version. Similarly, Ken tastes the good side of the finish, citing “long, deep, dry berry notes,” whereas for Andy an attractive “dried fruit sweetness” in the finish was compromised by “hard mineral fruit notes.” Both noted a “soft citrus” [Andy] acidity and a full but slightly rough mouthfeel.


Made up entirely of the heirloom Bourbon variety, Topeca’s Manzano is processed using the demucilaged or mechanically washed method. Topeca is a coffeehouse and roastery based in Oklahoma that specializes in coffee from their family farm in El Salvador. Visit www.topecacoffee.com or call 918-398-8022 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who find a slightly dry, astringent edge to sweet chocolate-leaning fruit bracing and invigorating.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2009 tasting report: Botany and the Cup: The Bourbon Conundrum

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