El Salvador Loma La Gloria Red Honey Gold Label
Anny Ruth coffees are always a treat. She took over the LLG farm about 6 years ago and I'm sure she feels like she's made mistakes along the way, but from our perspective, she has done everything right. This coffee is a representation of that. It is the best dark roast honey process that we've brought in this year. Actually, those are too many qualifiers, I'd be hard-pressed to find a better coffee this year. I know I have some bias because we have met her several times and she's been to the shop before.
I think I was supposed to write tasting notes here and I got distracted by talking about the producer. I just took a sip of this coffee, it is so rich and smooth. I love the sweetness of this bean. There are hints of red wine and dark chocolate. The red honey process, I believe, makes this coffee a very rich and bold Latin American coffee. I love it!
|Roast Level:||Full City Plus (Dark)|
|Flavor Notes:||Red Apple, Wine, Dark Chocolate|
|Recommended Brew Methods:||Drip, Espresso, Immersion (French Press)|
|Country Region:||El Bálsamo Quetzaltepec|
|Farm:||Loma La Gloria|
|Producer:||Anny Ruth Pimentel|
Loma La Gloria Coffee Production:
Today, Anny Ruth Pimentel runs Loma La Gloria mill to control the process, quality, and traceability of all the beans that pass through. Her father, Roberto, purchased the farm in the late 1990’s and named it after his Grandfather’s estate: Loma La Gloria. A civil engineer by trade and visionary businessman by nature, Roberto completed construction of the mill on the farm in 2001. Unfortunately, the mill was left abandoned upon completion, with Loma La Gloria’s coffee cherries being sold to local mills.
In 2012 Anny Ruth took over the mill’s operations and today the farm’s coffee has earned an international reputation for quality in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Loma La Gloria is known for its carefully processed Honey and Natural coffees sorted by varietal. Loma La Gloria is located in the El Boquerón crater of the San Salvador Volcano. The farm’s elevation ranges from 1200 to 1750 meters above sea level.
Shade trees cover much of Loma La Gloria and are home to many species of birds, including Blue jays, Chiltotas, Torditos, Guacalchias, and Hummingbirds. The shade canopy helps control temperatures on the farm, maintaining the optimal climate to produce a desirable cup profile.
Red Honey Explanation
I've talked about honey processed coffees before, but 'Red Honey', that's a new one. The short answer is that this process will create a sweeter and more syrupy cup of coffee. This El Salvador coffee is a perfect example of that. The not-that-much-longer answer is this is tied to the amount of light and drying time the beans are exposed to. Red honey is processed under more shade to slow down the drying time. At the end of the day, this is all about the art that the producer works hard to give us amazing coffee. Anny Ruth and her partners have nearly perfected this art.
In addition to whole coffee beans, we currently offer 4 different coffee grind levels. Listed below with descriptions.
Whole Bean: Unground coffee for a home grinder.
Coarse: Think sugar in the raw, maybe more coarse
Recommended for Chemex Brewer, French Press, Cold Brew
Medium: Slightly coarser than table salt
Recommended for Flat bottom brewers, Kalitta, and Cloth filters
Fine: Slightly finer than table salt
Recommended for V60 pour overs, Typical cone filter coffee pots, Aeropress.
Extra Fine: Like powdered sugar
Recommended for Espresso or Moka pot.
If at all possible, we recommend grinding at home. We prefer Baratza coffee grinders and offer several of their models for sale. Click here to shop for one of their brewers.
We roast and ship all of our coffees daily. Unlike many roasters, they pick a day for each varietal. We roast in small enough batches to guarantee that every bag of coffee that you order is roasted after you order it, usually the day after you order it. We then ship it that day.
We primarily use USPS priority shipping and we've found that they are more consistent on some days vs. others. Sometime we'll use Fedex 2 day when the economics of the order make sense. We like to use priority shipping which is supposed to be 2/3 day shipping to most of the country, but that doesn't always happen, in fact, our analytics show that about 10% of the time it takes 4 days or longer to receive the coffee.
That said, due to COVID-19, USPS has announced that Priority will be 3-4 days. I'm guessing that means that you'll see 5, 6 or even 7 days to get your package right now. So read below for a pricing / option change that we're making during this period.
We believe that with this schedule your coffee will be the freshest possible every time.
Also, if you order before 6am AZ on most days, we'll be able to include it in that day's production, but depending on volume it may go out the next day. We hope as we grow, we'll still be able to meet these commitments.
Coffee Order Shipping Policy:
- On coffee orders, we the lowest priced between USPS Priority & Fedex 2day. Generally it is USPS priority (3-4 days).
- Lowest priced priority shipping price is $5.00 on orders under $30
- Lowest priced priority shipping for $30 Orders is FREE
- During COVID-19, you'll have the opportunity to choose your preferred shipping method for a $3 upgrade.
Brewing Equipment Shipping Policy:
- Unless otherwise noted all items are shipped the lowest priced between USPS Priority (3-4 days) or Fedex Home Delivery (4 days).
- Priority shipping price is $5.00 on orders under $30
- FREE USPS Priority shipping price for $30 Orders
- Our shipping cut-off is about 10am. Typically, if an order comes in before that time, we ship same day. Otherwise, we ship next day.