Honduras COMSA Natural
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The FTO COMSA Marcala co-op produced a full 300 bag lot of natural sundried coffee this year. We have a few microlots coming later this year from the co-op of honey and natural coffees, but for the price on this one, we couldn't resist. This coffee particularly stands out because instead of being mechanically washed, it is a dry process (natural) microlot that was sundried on a patio and hand-processed -- this is extremely unusual for Honduran coffee, but it cups fantastic. It is certified fair trade and organic and packed in a GrainPro bag at origin to preserve absolute freshness.
FORGET EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT HONDURAS COFFEE before roasting this one. It tastes and acts NOTHING like a Honduras. It reminds me of a natural processed Indonesian coffee (if you've had the Sumatra Wahana or Bali Kintamani coffee, this is along those lines).
The coffee was sundried on a Kenya drying table, so it is a natural process coffee and needs to be given a light roast. It was grown at an altitude just under 5,000 feet. I roast it slightly darker than an Ethiopian -- but still nowhere close to the 2nd cracks. At this roast level it has a pleasant acidity and a lot of sweetness coupled with savory notes. The most prominent flavor is watermelon. It is juicy with flavors ranging from tomato to caramel to strawberry. The rest of the cupping notes include such flavor descriptions as watermelon, chocolate, grain/hops, and pine nuts. It is smooth, with no earthiness, and sweet pleasant brown sugar aftertaste. Great complexity. This is particularly interesting in the mouth because it has both sweet and savory, and there's a lot going on. At darker roasts, it makes a great shot of espresso (just barely into 2nd cracks).
This coffee can be confusing to roast, because the first cracks start later and end later than you would expect them to. We were accidently underroasting this bean for awhile because we didn't realize how late the cracks were starting.
This is our third year carrying this coffee. It arrived in the US in April 2017.
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