July 3, 2015
Colombia Finca La Mesita - raw sugar sweetness and malic to tea-tannic brightness with Asian pear, red raisin, apple, lime-aid, and cinnamon stick. Good for espresso.
Costa Rica Helsar - La Petisa - shows balance in sugar sweetness and bittering cocoa tones with red grape, cherry, and raisin.
Costa Rica Los Crestones Finca Alaska - has a pleasant tartness, cranberry and habiscus, along with sweet flavors of raisin, plum, and oatmeal cookie. Buttery to chocolate tones in the finish.
Guatemala San Diego Buena Vista Yellow Bourbon - balanced sweet/bittersweet tones and structured brightness, highlighted by notes of brisk tea, chamomile herbal infusions, and citrus.
Honduras San Fernando - Rodriguez Pacamara - has an aroma of sweet pipe tobacco and complex sugar browning. It's laden with honey sweetness, dried tamarind and date.
Honduras Santa Elena - Región Cueva Pintada - shows excellent sweetness with counteracting bittering burned sugar, and cocoa powder. Mild fruit flavors are off in the distance and the finish is sweet and clean.
Tanzania Mbeya Iyula Mill Peaberry - Aroma of roasted barley and Assam tea, with an underlying simple syrup sweetness, and baking spice top notes. Flavors of darker roasts run the range of chocolate liqueur to licorice root.