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We don't receive a lot of specialty coffee from El Salvador in South Africa, so it's not entirely surprising that this is Cedar's very first lot from the small Central American country. El Salvador isn't actually a large scale coffee-producing country, even in comparison to its Latin American neighbours. It is however a country with a reputation for producing great specialty coffees. It has ideal growing conditions and a long history of coffee cultivation.
Many coffee professionals also associate coffee from El Salvador with some particular varieties that originated in the country, including Pacas and Pacamara. This lot happens to be comprised of Pacas mixed with Bourbon, another highly-prized variety. The fact that this is also a naturally-processed should make it quite an interesting and relatively rare tasting opportunity for the South African specialty coffee lover.
Phaedon's tasting notes
This El Salvadorian release provides an interesting contrast with Cedar's recent Nicaraguan release. Where that one is much softer, more delicate and syrupy sweet, this one has a bit more 'oomph' to it (try find that on the SCA flavour wheel). There's a bit more body, a bit more of a toasted note, a bit more chocolate and nut in the flavour profile. It's no less enjoyable; it's even remarkably similar, but it somehow leans forward a bit more where the Nicaraguan leans back. It's still sure to please most palates, but I think this one does particularly well in an unfiltered immersion brew like a French press. I also found it very enjoyable in filtered brews with longer draw-down times like batch brew or a Chemex.
This natural felt quite refined nothing overly fermented. Instead of boozy fruits we picked up notes of tamarind and lime on filter. The lime was still prevalent in the espresso with notes of cola coming through. The Milk drink was quite the stand out with notes of chocolate mousse as the sweetness was complemented by the velvety texture.
- Cup Profile: Tamarind, Cola, Lime, Chocolate Mousse
Coffee details from Cedar
Our first coffee from El Salvador, another country we can put under our tasting/offering belt here at Cedar. We enjoy exploring all coffee regions so when we got the opportunity to grab this coffee we just had to showcase it.
This community lot comes from the renowned Apaneca-Ilamatepec region where most of the best coffees in El Salvador comes from. The terroir definitely plays an important role here with its mineral rich volcanic soils and high altitudes ranging from 1000 - 2381 masl, this provides a cooler climate that aids the development of complex flavours.
- Farm/Producer: Los Ausoles Cooperative
- Region: Apaneca-Ilamatepec
- Country: El Salvador
- Process: Natural
- Altitude: 1350 masl
- Variety: Bourbon, Pacas
You can find more coffees from Cedar here.