El Salvador Ernesto Menendez Natural Special Reserve 2010-2011


Bean name El Salvador Ernesto Menendez Natural Special Reserve 2010-2011
Country El Salvador
Region Santa Ana
Other info Naturally Processed Peaberry from Finca Alask


Juan José Ernesto Menéndez Argüello, or as he likes to be called 'Neto', has become one of our our most special friends at origin. Ernesto more than anyone else has gone above and beyond to find us the most wonderful coffees he can, from Finca Alaska to Finca La Ilusion, to the wonderful Cascara we have all been enjoying.

We have been sitting on this as a special Christmas treat. A tiny 80kg lot of Neto's special reserve, this is the natural processed peaberry coffee from all three of his farms. The very best of the La Ilusion, Alaska and Los Andies crops.

Neto has taken great care in producing this amazing peaberry, choosing only the very best of the crops from each of his farms. We are privileged to be able to get this coffee, a real treat.

In the cup there is the biggest hit of spicy liquorice I have ever tasted, but there is an underlying sweetness, so think in terms of those liquorice pipes with the sugar 100s and 1000s on them and you're in the right place. This coffee is complex deep interesting and super rare.

It's is a must try, it is a must have, and I encourage you to dive in and try it while it's here, if for nothing else than to experience the amazing variety of coffees this great man can grow.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 6/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 8/8
Flavour 8/8
Aftertaste 8/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 8/8
Correction +36
Total 93

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