Well friends, the time has come!
We've spent a busy few weeks behind the scenes; sample roasting and cupping to achieve the best roast possible for this lot. Our aim is to showcase the Peralta's dedication to agronomy and quality - we hope you find it evident in your cup!
Our first sample was roasted a week after the coffee landed - using our standard cupping profile. We wanted very little development after first crack as it really tells us what we're dealing with and what the bean has to offer. Being a natural process coffee, we expected the acidity to be muted and the body to be fairly pronounced even at a lighter roast.
Were we wrong!!! This is one of the cleanest natural process coffees I've ever tasted - no fermented wine flavours here; just crisp, clean and boozy sweet! We thought perhaps we'd taken it too far in the development stage and needed to approach this with a different profile altogether; cutting out a portion of the caramelisation and drawing out the drying phase. A complimentary profile was found on the cupping table and next stage of pre-production began; establishing roast level.
This was fairly straightforward as we didn't want to impart any roast flavours into the coffee, keeping it clean and sweet as intended. We still roasted a few batches with various development times to establish what gave the best balance in the cup.
The result is a beautiful coffee that is suited for filter and espresso; well balanced, distinctive and clean.