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We don't normally like to bandy about superlatives, but this may be one of the most exciting coffees we've tasted all year. This new release from Rosetta Roastery was a mouth-watering surprise from the first sip.
While Central American coffee is generally well-respected, Honduras is definitely one of the lesser known producers in the region, at least here in South Africa. Equally many of the best Central American coffees are quite reserved in their flavour profiles. This Honduras is anything but reserved.
Our first taste of this coffee was actually in a MoccaMaster filter brew. We were immediately captivated by the intense flavours of blueberry. As the fruity flavours lingered on our palates, they seemed to subside into a slightly more muted dark grape, which lingered long after the coffee had been swallowed. That fruitiness alone is something to be experienced, and a reason that you absolutely must try this coffee while you can.
There is more here than just blueberries and black grapes though. There's an intriguing perfumed quality that follows the coffee from the beans in the bag to the brew in your cup. It's floral certainly, but more intense than what that word usually implies. There's a subtle fermented note in some cups, no doubt a product of its natural-processing, which we think only adds to the enjoyment. Still, there is no lack of clarity here.
In most pour-over and filter methods, the flavours mentioned above abound, but in an Aeropress we found that the berry flavours were a little brighter, perhaps more like strawberry. We'd stick to the paper-filtered brew methods though. We found that a French press obscured the very best of this coffee's flavours, and you really don't want to miss them.
Rich & textured, with pronounced blueberry and chocolate notes
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As far as natural coffees are concerned, we begin relatively aggressively, but very quickly relax on the heat, and come into first crack remarkably slowly, drifting through to a gentle tend temperature.
Marysabel Caballeros and her husband Moises are industry leaders in their region. They focus their efforts on the high-quality sector of the Honduran Coffee industry. Their coffees regularly feature in the Cup of Excellence auctions, and have featured as high as 3rd place in the prestigious SCAA “Coffee of the Year” competitions. Marysabel and Moises employ organic farming practices, sustainable agriculture, and seek to uplift the labourers whom they employ. San Francisco is a farm owned by Marysabel's father, Don Fabiano. He produces this coffee in collaboration with his daughter.
- Altitude: 1600m ASL
- Processing: Natural
- Certification: Conventional
- Variety: Catuai
- Region: Marcala, La Paz
- Country: Honduras
- Producer: Don Fabiano Caballero
- Harvest: 2019
- Price paid to the farmer: US$4.91 per kg (parchment)