Artisan Roast has been on my radar for a number of months. They have a quirky website that features a GIF of someone slurping coffee directly from a glass jug. Their packaging looks aesthetically pleasing. They have a reputation for offering high-quality coffees.
I decided to order Finca Don Jaime from Artisan Roast a couple of weeks ago. Finca Don Jaime is a honey-processed coffee. I’ve not encountered many coffees that were processed using the honey method on my search for new coffees to try. Excited, I thought I should seize on the opportunity to buy this coffee. Last week, I placed an order for one bag of whole beans.
The beans arrived in an attractive package. Alongside the bag of beans was a card with information about the coffee. On one side of the card, I found information about the farm, cultivar, producers, and more details about the coffee. On the other side of the card, there was a detailed description about the coffee. There was also a diagram that displays the tasting notes for the coffee.
This diagram is available on Artisan Roast’s website. I like the diagram because it shows you the degree to which certain flavors can be found in the cup. The diagram does not say, explicitly, “cherry” or “orange.” It features some general flavor descriptors, like “sweet” and “berry fruit.” I find these are helpful so I know what I can expect from a coffee.
I have had three cups of this coffee so far, all brewed using the Inverted Aeropress method, my brew method of choice.
The aroma of this coffee resembles Chocolate Orange, an orange-flavored chocolate treat sold in the UK. I got a hint of vanilla as well. This aroma is suggestive of the flavors I could expect from the cup, as I saw as soon as I started drinking the coffee.
The defining characteristic of this coffee is its citrus flavors. The coffee has a sharp citrus bite which persists as the coffee cools. The citrus brings in quite a bit of acidity to the drink. This is definitely one of the more acidic coffees I have tried. Aside from citrus, treacle is a prominent flavor. I do not get a complete treacle flavor but I do notice notes of treacle. As the coffee cools, I can taste some chocolate notes, although this coffee is not nearly as chocolatey as many I have had.
This coffee has a heavy, syrupy body. I like coffees with a heavy body. It has a slight citrus aftertaste which persists for a while after the cup, although I’ve had coffees with stronger aftertastes. I like the aftertaste because it is subtle and not overpowering. I can taste a bit of orange on my tongue.
This coffee is my first honey-processed coffee and my first full-caffeine El Salvadoran coffee. I am happy with my choice of this coffee from Artisan Roast. I think this is also my first coffee from the pacamara varietal.
To buy this coffee, visit the Artisan Roast online shop: https://shop.artisanroast.co.uk/products/el-salvador-chalatenango-honey-1?variant=24990834824
About This Coffee
Price: £8.50 (250g)
Tastes: Treacle, orange, vanilla, chocolate