I had my first pot of Guatemala Cup of Excellence #1 -El Injerto this
morning. Wow what a cup of coffee.
It was just as Tom described. "I kept my roasts on the lighter side, as I
always do with cupping, and is my preference for brewing too. This City
roast does not have an even surface appearance, still rather wrinkly, but
the fragrance is so much more lively than the FC roast I did. Wet aromatics
are again intensely sweet: lightly caramelized sugars, and maple syrup on
buttermilk pancakes (seriously!). When it comes to cup flavors, sweetness
strikes first, but also a strong floral, jasmine flavor. The acidity is what
I would call "refined", clean and well defined. There are fruits (citrus:
meyer lemon), tropical fruit, some peach skins, and once again golden
raisin. There's a touch of light cocoa in the finish, a bit of tea-like
dryness, but for me the jasmine comes through strong."
This is one ugly bean when roasted! I was surprised at all of the chaff. I
was really worried about the roast. Did I ruin a $30.00 a pound bean? I
knew I was in good shape when the Mazzer Major spewed out some of the most
fragrant aromas from the grind this morning. One thing that Tom didn't
mention was this is a bold cup of coffee. There is that wonderful explosion
of coffee flavor that hits the whole mouth and then cascades into the
flavors described above. I brewed in the Techivorm this morning. I can
hardly wait till Thursday to pull some shots. This is a CoE that you don't
want to miss. I wonder if Tom would let Becky order a pound?