El Salvador, Apaneca
This is one of the few crops that does well throughout the range of light to dark roasts, but I feel like the roast does best in a light roast. The brewed extraction has nice baking spice in the aroma and the cup with dark brown sugar and roasted nuts. Medium roasts have a moderate body with dark cacao and roasted almonds. Dark roasts have a rich bitter sweetness found in high quality dark chocolate bars and mild notes of ripe stone fruit in the finish. Excellent brewed or as an espresso.
This coffee supplying region sits on the slopes of Apaneca Mountains and its crops are almost entirely all of the Bourbon varietal of the coffee Arabica family. Altitude at the farm is 4,300 feet above sea level with warm afternoons and cool evenings. All crops are picked sorted for quality then, pulped, fermented, and then dried on clay patios while being kept separate from non-Specialty Grade beans. This gives the farmers the opportunity to be paid premium prices for their best coffee.