New Salvadoran Coffee — Carmen
Nope. El Salvador. Its ok if you don't get the joke. But that is where in the world this Carmen is—at least, where it is from. Apaneca-Ilamatepec, El Salvador to be exact.
Many of you may remember this coffee from a few years ago. It is another washed offering of 100 percent Red Bourbon from the El Carmen Estate.
On my last Central America buying trip, I got to spend a couple of nights in one of the farmhouse's rooms. During this time we tasted a lot of coffees (of course) but we also had some stimulating conversation about the history and possible future of specialty coffee in El Salvador. Fernando Alfaro, owner and estate manager, is a super cool guy with a lot of vision. He is committed to cultivating the Bourbons and other high quality Arabica varieties which El Salvador has become known for.
We will be featuring this excellent example as our next Tier 1 offering, replacing the Culpan. This coffee is like a good candy bar: lots of caramel, nougat, chocolate, and sweet nuttiness. The body definitely dominates in this manner with some notes of stone fruit and subtle citrus. My guess is that this will be a very popular espresso.
Sorters at the El Carmen Estate in Apaneca-Ilamatepec, El Salvador.
[Images courtesy of Paul Haworth]