EL SALVADOR CERRO LAS RANAS
Our June Coffee of the Month is a customer favorite, El Salvador. This coffee comes from the Cerro De Las Ranas farm and is wonderfully complex for a single-origin coffee. It has a medium body with a balanced acidity and bitterness.
The first half of the cup is bready with some hints of spice and reminded us of cinnamon bread. The flavor then transitions to a clean and smooth middle with notes of sweet cream and maple syrup. There is a surprising little pop of fruit punch acidity toward the end of the cup that that melds into the sweet maple syrup and cherry chocolate finish.
We highly recommend trying this coffee through an espresso machine, it makes a fantastic espresso!
Roast Color: Medium
Cupping Notes: Cinnamon Bread, Sweet Cream, Fruit Punch
Story: Cerro Las Ranas (the Hill of Frogs) coffee is named after the farm’s lagoon that is populated by thousands of frogs, located in Apaneca within the department of Ahuachapan, El Salvador. The coffee is produced by JASAL, a family owned operation where Jose Antonio Salaverria and his sons take great pride in their meticulous attention to detail, from year-round farm management to quality control in the cupping lab, and everything in between. In the pulped natural process (also called a honey process), JASAL pulps perfectly ripened cherries and then dries the coffee beans, still covered in mucilage, on clay patios while constantly turning the beans to ensure even drying.
Really great. The previous review influenced me to buy it and it was incredibly flavorful, although I almost always only buy dark. Mixed with Sumatra organic to add some sharpness, and that worked well for me. Unfortunately, after the month it was gone.
I am a die-hard Dark Roast person but the write-up about this El Salvador coffee of the month drew me in. I really love it and am glad I tried it. Not bitter at all (I find the lighter the roast the more 'bitter' they seem to me) and even when my cup cooled off and I drank it at room temperature I still enjoyed it.