Friday, September 28, 2012

LGB 3.2 Panama/El Salvador

Time for a change.

First time ever we have a Panama or an El Salvador in our main blend.

First the Panama Don Pepe Washed Typica :

Address:        Volcancito, Boquete, Panama       
Producer:        Antonio Vasquez
Product Availability:    Harvesting in October – February – Available from November – August
Beans:    SHB (Strictly Hard Beans)
Soil:     Volcanic
Processing:    Washed

Founded in 1899 by Don Enrique Vásquez, Don Pepe is a fourth generation coffee farm and a former Best of Panama winner. Perched high on the slopes of Baru Volcano, Don Pepe is located in Volcancito, a micro-region within Panama's celebrated Boquete growing region.

After picking, skin and mucilage is removed using Penagos machinery before the coffee is dried. First part of the drying happens at cement patios and finished using raised beds with a mesh bottom - allowing air to circulate freely around the coffee. The coffee is of the Typica variety - one of the main cultivars of Coffea Arabica, whom many other varieties have derived from. The yield is pretty low, but the cup quality rewarding.

On itself we taste sweet lemon, vanilla and a clean sweet finish.

Then the El Salvador Pinares de Santiago :

Address: Canton el Matazano, Municipio Quezaltepeque Departemento La Libertad
Contact: Mauricio Moreno
Owner: Borja Letona, S.A. de C.V.
Organization Details: Plantation (1 owner)
Product Availability: Harvest December to March available as of June
Quality of coffee: SHG (Strictly High Grown)
Area: 183 Ha
Soil: Franco Arenoso
Coffee Type: Arabica - Bourbon
Elevation: approximately 1200 meters / 4000 feet above sea level

We taste excellent mouthfeel and great blending potential. Maybe not the most striking coffee in the warehouse, but it goes wonderfully with the Don Pepe.
Honestly it's also a way to keep the price tag 'reasonable'.

We blend this 3.2 with 2/3 Panama and 1/3 El Salvador.
The espresso's show very sweet and punchy flavors, with big orange peel and marashino cherry.
The ristretto's push up the bright acidity, but still orange and with a very long clean after taste.
The cappuccino's taste like liquid Orangettes (chocolate-orange). Yes sir!

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