Luckily for us, El Manzano has the best systems for drying naturals that we have ever seen. We have been to the farm twice now and the whole place is a tribute to great systems in both growing and processing of high altitude coffees. What really excites us about working with El Manzano is the attitude of the entire team at the farm. Everyone is 100% committed to the project. Those raking the coffee on the patios, the team in the Cupping Room, the guys trimming the shade trees- everyone! They are all very professional and focused. It is a warm feeling to be able to take over the custodianship of this coffee in Australia and know the commitment continues here with our team- 100% dedication to quality right through to the cup.
Our Guest Taster:
Campos Coffee - Sydney Opera House
To find our newest Campos Coffee espresso bar, head to the Sydney Opera House, go to the top of the stairs, and at the box office, turn left. We were humbled when the Sydney Opera House approached us to open an espresso operation right there inside the most iconic building in Australia. However, we also knew the store had to be operated by someone with unwavering commitment to quality Campos Coffee. Brendon was the logical pick. He has been a crucial member of the team at Don Campos since it opened two years ago, and previous to that he was working with our product in Cronulla’s Bass and Flinders. He is an excellent barista and we have no worries that the coffee at the Opera House will be as superb as the building is iconic. The new store opens on the 5th Sept, 2012. Exciting stuff!
Being a member of our own team for so long, he has been present at many cupping sessions throughout the years. Here are his notes on the El Manzano Natural SHG
Dry Aroma: Children’s cherry flavoured cough medicine, slight sweet pine
Wet Aroma: Very moist baked fruit cake, subtle
The Acidity is full of bravado, but also smooth- not overwhelming
The Body is big and well rounded
The Flavours: ripe black cherries, rum and raisins, cocoa, over-ripe citrus, banana liqueur.
The Mouthfeel is clean, and slightly sticky on the palate, like cordial