It’s the time of year we start hunkering down and preparing for the rain and the gray. Fortunately, the denizens of the northwest have perfected the anti-winter self-medicating cocktail that starts everyday with a cup of coffee. Finca Santa Barbara’s 100% bourbon, washed process selection has been on a heavy rotation around the shop to ward away the gloom.
Our newest roaster, Matt Sanders, has had the fortune and privilege of working with Guillermo and Miguel Menendez, for several years now. These El Salvadorian producers have some of the highest quality segregated Bourbon and Pacamara lots that the country has to offer, and they routinely score on the higher end of the country-wide Cup of Excellence competition.
Santa Barbara is located in the Apaneca-Ilamatepec mountain range, specifically Cerro Las Ranas, or Mountain of the Frogs. Of it’s full 69 acres of land, 12 are untouched rain forrest and the remaining 57 acres of bourbon plants are interspersed with new growth forrest so well tended that Finca Santa Barbara earned a 94.92% score towards their Rain Forrest Alliance Certification; well exceeding the score to qualify.
Finca Santa Barbara sends its coffee to the shared Beneficio Piedra Grande, where it is washed, and put to patio to dry. Workers at the farm, and processing mill receive superior benefits and wages in many cases exceeding El Salvadorian law.
What does this all mean for the cup? This high-quality 100% Bourbon varietal lot has a dry aroma of bakers spice and light cinnamon. After wetted, Santa Barbara displays a floral character that borderlines on summertime Magnolia Blossoms. The cup itself is incredibly cohesive and structured; flavors of candied coconut and sweet milk chocolate inhabit a creamy bodied cup, tied together with a light toasted almond tannin. Lets call it what is is, this coffee tastes like an Almond Joy. The ultimate Almond Joy that is. This offering is incredibly satisfying, and a great way to hold off these rainy days.
Took a field Trip to Costo Oro, Portland’s own coffee warehouse. Just awesome.
Ohh and we also picked up some delicious coffee…
We’re so happy to have this coffee. Year in and year out, the Ixil A’achimbal impresses us with their dedication to quality. It’s a really classic Guatemalan cup with a really dense aroma that houses a quick floral hit, followed by a navel orange sweetness, and underpinned by a coacoa-nib bitterness. The body has big, dark chocolate flavors about, held up by a balanced medium body, and finishes with a creamy, almost milk-chocolate tail.
This is a really versatile offering, and can be brewed anyway you’d like; Around the shop, we’ve been enjoying it as a Single-Origin Espresso, but it plays well with a pour-over or french press just as well. It’s a truly satisfying cup.
A quick history lesson on Ixil A’achimbal; even though they’ve been around as a loosely defined group since the late 1980′s after the end of the Guatemalan civil war, they recently became an official, legal cooperative in 2012 (everyone still calls the group Ixil A’achimbal, because APROCAFE just doesn’t have the same ring to it).
They came from pretty humble beginnings; the 80 families that comprised the original collective had only 25 acres to farm back in the early 90′s. This has slowly grown to a full 635 acre tract that they raise bananas, lemons, oranges, and most importantly, coffee.
The goal of the cooperative has always been to produce the highest quality coffee to earn top dollar for their hard work, and it shows. Ixil A’achimbal only plants Bourbon and Typica varietal coffee, which is some of the most coveted specialty coffee out there. And they grow it well. We’re happy to bring this offering to everyone out there, and can’t wait for next year’s lot. Enjoy!
Portlands best pizza joint is now opened for brunch Saturday and Sunday.
So many yummy items including Squirrel Rhapsody, and Prosecco on tap, thats right!
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Marigold Coffee is super proud to be this months featured roaster at Brew Pony!
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Gift Baskets, with all kinds of Portland made products, including Marigold Coffee. Yeyah