This is now my third PT’s Coffee offering I’ve had, and can I go ahead and say it? It’s amazing. This lot of Bourbon, grown at over 1400 meters in the Santiago de Maria region of El Salvador, is processed using a unique method. It is part of Finca Las Mercedes, one of their longest lasting Direct Trade relationships. They have had La Avila as a honeyed coffee in previous years, but were curious what results they would get if they processed the coffee similar to a technique that is often used in Kenya referred as the “Double Soak.” After the success of this experiment last year, it’s back and landed in my Craft Coffee box for March. Here is La Avila, El Salvador.
Roaster: PT’s Coffee Roasting Co.
Producer: La Avila, farmed by Lucia Abrego de Ortiz
Origin: Santiago de Maria, Usulután, El Salvador
Elevation: 1,400 mas
V60 no stir | 34g © to 453g (w) | 3:25 total time | 201 degrees
Diving in is immensely sweet - all I can think of is the color pink. It’s like a squeeze-it, you know, that kind your baseball coach or one of the parents gave to all the kids after the baseball game.
Refreshing grape like acidity in the highs, A cotton candy like sweetness in the mids along with some more crisp fruit notes, with strands of chocolate syrup in the bottom. Getting grape, cherry, red apple, strawberry candies, and what seems like an entire pitcher of kool-aid.
Slowly the juiciness grows but it’s more intense and round, with creamy honey notes filling the lower end of the cup now. It’s no kiddy drink now, no sir. While it may remind you of one of those taffy bars in your mouth, this is a relatively (sophisticate and) refined sweetness compared to some El Salvador and Ethiopia coffees I’ve had in the past that scream of sweetness.
While deliciously candy sweet, the cup is balanced enough to keep the sweets check. As it still grows delicately juicier as it cools, it always coming back to a finish reminiscent of a chocolate malt, autumn leaves, hints of nuttiness, and a long finish of brown ale.
Cotton candy sweet, crisp, juicy.
Woodneck | 34g © to 477g (w) | 3:45 total time | 202 degrees
Co-host of the I Brew My Own Coffee Podcast and always has all the chocolate. I also love to play board games. Yea, let's go do that right now.