Farm: Zhou Zhu Yuan
Roasting Wednesday, December, 16th 2020. Size: 4 oz
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Cherry and Grapefruit in the aroma. A bright cup with hints of almond and caramel.
* Direct Trade Nano-lot
This offering is one that is special to us. from 2010-2013 our Green Buyer Miguel Meza spent a lot of time working with coffee growers all over Taiwan to improve quality. One of the farms he frequently visited was Zhou Zhu Yuan farm high in the mountains of Alishan, a region traditionally famous for Tea production. At the farm two varieties were growing. Typica, and another unknown variety that at the time we simply called 'Sumatra' on the assumption I may have been some type of hybrid variety introduced from Indonesia. A couple years ago farm owner Fang Cheng-lun sent samples of these trees for genetic testing and the origin was revealed. SL34!
SL34 is a selection made by Scott Laboratories in Kenya in the 1930's and is one of primary varieties grown there and is known to produce exceptional cup quality. While closely related to both Typica and Bourbon it is not identical to either. Earlier this year genetic testing of coffee plant material all across Yemen found plants that are a match to the SL34 variety and are still being cultivated by growers there today.
When Miguel visited to Taipei Coffee Expo last year he tasted some of the SL34 Washed at the booth of Zhou-Zhu Yuan and was very impressed by the completeness and elegance of the cup and asked Fang to reserve some for Paradise from the next harvest. We don't have much of it be we are happy to be Roasting this coffee for the first time ever in the USA.
Tasting notes: Almond, Cherry, Grapefruit