Honduras Belen Brisas del Cerro - Raisin to peach in aroma, opening up to dark fruit and berry jam in the cup, rich dark chocolate syrup, grape skins, and Thai coconut.
Brisas del Cerro is made up of coffee collected from smallholders not far outside the town of Belén. Altitude varies, and the highest parts seemed to be right around 1500 meters above sea level. This area was deeply affected by a leaf rust epidemic in 2011, many farmers losing entire crops and having to completely start over. Because of this, you see a lot of local Catimor types, displaying high resistance to the devastating coffee plant disease "roya", or leaf rust. They also tend to produce large sized beans, 16 - 19 screen sizes. Put these beans side by side with one of our Guatemalan coffees and the size difference is stark. We found our best roasting results in the City+ to Full City roast range, where a balance between juicy fruit and bittering cocoa tones is struck, with nice sweetness, and convincing acidity. This is a great dual-purpose coffee too, with Full City/FC+ roasts showing great as single origin espresso.
Cupping credit: Tom Owen. Processing: Wet; Varietal: IH-90, Lempira; Appearance: 16-19 screen. (15 oz. bag)