From Concepción de Ataco, the woman owned Lemus Bella Vista Farm sits at an altitude of 1,200 meters in the heart of the Ilamatepec mountain range in El Salvador. It's a region known for producing amazing coffee because it's grown under the shade of native trees and on volcanic soils rich in organic matter.
For this coffee, that is just the beginning of what makes its flavor special. This coffee uses a process called “black honey” — so called because it leaves as much fruit on the seed as possible after pulping, turning dark in the sun as it dries. This imparts a unique flavor and enhances the body of the coffee. It's delectably sweet like maple syrup on pancakes, with deep fruit notes of raisin, black grapes, and cherries, accompanied by lighter stone fruits like nectarine and plum. There’s a slight chamomile quality to the fragrance and a smooth, blended almond butter quality to the texture.
This is a very special coffee that deserves a taste in any brew method you choose. I recommend trying this with a French Press for the most full bodied experience, but even as an automatic drip brew it elevates your morning coffee routine to the next level.