With all of the excitement surrounding the 2011 Hacienda La Esmeralda coffee auction, we felt that it is time to announce the final roast of our 2010 Mario San Jose auction lot. After tasting each lot, we knew that there were two coffees that we had to have: Mario Carnaval and Mario San Jose. Both of these spectacular lots are harvested from the region that traditionally produces the best geisha lots from Hacienda La Esmeralda. There is something about these spectacular micro-climates that creates a flavor profile unlike any other.
Mario San Jose was harvested at the end of the harvest season: March. On the cupping table, Mario San Jose surprised us. It was big, it was bright and it was incredibly sweet. When we tasted it, notes of strawberry and grapefruit filled our mouths. Its sweet and juicy character made us long for more.
We are trying to get our hands on another lot from Hacienda La Esmeralda. We will keep you updated on the results of the 2011 Auction. The final roast of Mario San Jose will be Monday, May 23rd.