New 2019/20 crop!
A very nice year for this coffee. Years ago we found this coffee and fell in love, it was really cutting edge with its honey processing, an early adapter on what is now one of coffees hottest trends.
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), Jose 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. This process provides a more consistent product than a full natural while still bringing some of the great attributes of a natural processed to the cup profile.
Tasting Notes: A lovely semi-exotic daily drinker. Lighter roasts have some hints of citric acidity accompanied with some lovely sweet and delicate red fruit tones that pop right out, balanced with a nuttier chocolate dark tone. A little front loaded with the more acidic and fruity tones at the lighter roasts. Medium roasts have better balance between light an dark tones cutting out some acidity and increasing the chocolaty factor. Dark roast lose the more exotic fruity edge that the honey processing brings but is still very sweet edged, a bit fuller body and quite smoky, still a winning coffee for those who like the darker roast points.
Roasting Notes: A little higher chaff and a bit uneven roasting compared to a nice fully washed coffee. Nothing too challenging. We would recommend avoiding both super light and super dark roasts, they will either put a sour edge to the cup or a bitter edge. Light to medium roasting with this cup is where it will shine assuming you like a crisper cup. Close but not touching 2nd crack is ideal for smoothness and body.