Quick cupping notes from early August
Just wanted to make a quick post and let you know what’s been standing out on our cupping table lately.
In the Americas, it’s all La Minita, La Trinidad, and El Valle. La Minita has to take top honors right now – juicy tangerine acidity, gorgeous body, sweet maple flavor, complex, inviting, and a finish you wish would never end. La Trini is another standout with its classic milk chocolate flavor and mild acidity. Well-balanced, approachable, easy-drinking, very very nice. And then there’s El Valle – deep and rich caramel and brown sugar flavors, lively acidy, balanced with a medium-heavy body. And look out, this one always just gets better with age.
Africa – Our Kenya right now is very nice, more grapefruity than berry, but sweet nonetheless, and nicely intense. Harar has been a consistent performer and remains so – clean blueberry fruit and hints of rosemary. It’s easy to be fooled by other naturals that have gone too far to fruit – this one is near perfect! Don’t take it for granted. And an upcoming star from Africa is a beautiful Sidamo we’re getting ready to launch – pristine lemon and bergamot flavors, flowery, crisp, and sunny. First roast date for this coffee will be August 18th.
Indonesia – Sumatra Lake Tawar is your baby here. Super heavy, super intense, rich flavors of exotic pipe tobacco and deep forest. Not at all mulchy, or earthy, though you may find bell pepper or root vegetable hints, cloaked in a syrupy body.