Episode 727

The H1 varietal - also called more commonly Centroamericano - is a Catimor which is relatively easy to grow and disease resistant, but can produce very good quality. The quality of this plant at Finca Argentina is among the best we've tasted - it seems to really suit the farm - and often brings a slightly spicy/peppery flavour that isn't found in the other varietals.

A deliciously easy blend of biscuit sweetness and dark chocolate gets a little twist of black pepper on the finish.

  • Country: El Salvador
  • District: Ahuachapán
  • Municipality: Ahuachapán
  • Nearest city: Turin
  • Farm: Finca Argentina
  • Producer: Alejandro Martinez
  • Elevation: 1,300 m.a.s.l.
  • Variety: H1 (Centroamericano)
  • Processing method: Washed

Cupping Notes

Biscuit, dark chocolate, black pepper

  • Clean cup: (1–8): 6
  • Sweetness: (1–8): 6
  • Acidity: (1–8): 6
  • Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6
  • Flavour: (1–8): 6.5
  • Aftertaste: (1–8): 6.5
  • Balance: (1–8): 6.5
  • Overall: (1–8): 6.5
  • Correction: (+36): +36
  • Total: (max. 100): 86

Roasting Information
Medium-dark - through first crack, pushing through the gap and looking for the first pops of second. This may roast a little hotter than other El Salvador lots.

Finca Argentina

Owned by Alejandro Martinez and his family, we've been sourcing this El Salvadoran coffee for well over a decade from Finca Argentina. They consistently produce delicious and environmentally friendly specialty coffee, while giving back to their local community.


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