- On October 3, 2017
After 5 years of roasting coffee with a focus on highlighting the inherent flavor properties found within each bean, why would we decide to do a dark roast? Well, to be honest there are two reasons. Both reasons are pretty simple. The first reason is the simple fact that there is a large percentage of coffee drinkers that still prefer a darker roast over a lighter roast. Even after being exposed to some of the world’s best coffees through a light roast lens, their preference on a daily basis is a darker roasted coffee. These coffee drinkers prefer the toastiness, dark chocolate, smoky tones, and a full bodied cup that lingers on your pallet and warms your chest like a sip of whiskey. The second reason is because we can. We roast coffee that we as a company enjoy and that’s always been our approach; find amazing coffee, refine the roast over and over until we are happy and then put it out there for our customers to enjoy. Maybe our customers and fans love it and maybe they won’t, but we’ll at the very least be able to say…we put a product out that WE are proud of. It’s ludicrous to think that everything you’re going to put out is going to be gold. That’s just not reality. Sometimes the coffee we release is a classic that everyone loves, and sometimes it’s a total miss and it’s forgotten, just like an El Salvadorian coffee we had called “El Olivdo” which literally means “The Forgotten One.”
So, we decided to create El Fuego (A Dark Roast). This coffee is roasted to 432 degrees (most of our coffees never go past 410 degrees), taken further into the roasting process to what we call “2nd crack.” We just barely let it hit 2nd crack though and this allows for the beans to retain plenty of delicious flavor while also caramelizing the sugars within the bean in a slower and more methodical approach. El Fuego is the perfect fall cup. It warms the chest like a shot of whiskey does and has the thick juicy mouthfeel to leave dark chocolate and subtle cherry tones lingering on your pallet.
The origins for El Fuego are a mix of farms from Latin America. It is a 100% Caturra blend and it is 100% washed coffees.