It is our honor and privilege to announce that a coffee to which we are deeply and passionately connected will be soon appearing as a regular member of our rotation. New crop Finca Mauritania has finally arrived and we’re nothing short of thrilled. This coffee comes from a farm that sits high above the town of Santa Ana in El Salvador. It is a beautiful Eden like place planted with well tended and healthy coffee plants nestled beneath tall trees that provide both shade and wind protection. Spruce Street Espresso owner, Betty Ortiz, had the opportunity last month of going to this farm and spent some time with it’s owner, Aida Batlle. Aida is one of the great women in coffee and is well known throughout the international specialty coffee scene. She has been a long time partner of Counter Culture Coffee ever since she won the first Cup of Excellence competition in El Salvador in 2003 with not just one, but two of her coffees placing in the winners circle at 1st and 16th. Her coffee is a extraordinary. It explodes with an intense sweetness of caramel, brown sugar and apple. This is a fact in part due to the Bourbon varietal planted at Mauritania, but is also in large part due to Aida’s zealotry in picking only the ripest red-est coffee fruit and processing it cleanly and carefully. We are also proud to report that after many years of hard work and persistence this coffee is finally coming to you Certified Organic! This year, as with last year, Aida has provided us with her coffee three ways, Washed (traditional), Semi-Washed and Pasa (natural). We are excited to try it all three ways at this Friday’s cupping and we look forward to being able to serve at least one of these coffees with you soon. We’re sure that you will be nothing short of thrilled as well.
Posted on August 27, 2008
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