El Salvador CoE 2018 Winner
Blood orange, berries and dark chocolate with a smooth, spicy acidity
We only managed to secure a few cases of this rare coffee at auction so please keep it secret or we may run out ;-). This coffee is the 2018 Cup of Excellence Winner (COE), Lot No 7.
For those members who hadn’t joined when we secured a COE winner last time, the Cup of Excellence is an annual event held to showcase the best coffees from around the world with almost 10,000 farms participating. The purpose is not to rank the coffee but rather to give tiny producers the opportunity to showcase their best work, win recognition and earn additional cash by selling their awarded coffees at auction to buyers during the event. All winning coffees are held to high standards for not only taste but the sustainability of their farming practices and the ethical treatment of the farm’s workers.
This particular coffee was produced by a mother-and-son duo: Gloria and Roberto Huezo Rodríguezis. Gloria had always thought that the berries her coffee plants produced were different from everyone else’s so she had them analyzed at a lab. Her amazement, Gloria was right, her plants were a previously unknown varietal of coffee and she decided to name it “Elefante”. The cherries of this varietal are nearly two times heavier than Bourbon (another, common coffee varietal) and the coffee Elefante produces expresses a mixture of ripe blood oranges, dark chocolate, hints of spice and a low, mellow acidity, reminiscent of Ethiopian coffees.
Blood orange citrus notes combine with ripe, red berries. Very round in the mouth with a velvety smooth finish. This is one elegant coffee.
We roast it medium/medium-dark to balance the fruit and chocolate. Buttery smooth, the blood orange and dark chocolate notes really come out.
We won’t roast this coffee to this level as everything that makes it special will just go up in smoke.
No pre-Ground beans?
All of our coffees come whole bean. We know it’s inconvenient but once ground, coffee sheds its flavour fast. If you care enough about coffee to get freshly roasted beans, then you owe yourself a good burr grinder.