Santa Barbara, Honduras
Department: Santa Bárbara
Variety: Catuai, Pacas, Catimor
Elevation: 1500-1860 masl
Tasting Notes: Dark Chocolate, Walnut, Cherry
El Rincon is a perfect example of the "gestalt effect" that occurs when multiple lots of coffee from the same community of producers are carefully selected and presented together as a regional blend. In 2017, then-CCS buyer David Stallings and San Vicente exporter Benjamin Paz decided to create a regional blend from small farms whose coffees were really good but not quite CCS-microlot-great. The idea is to financially support producers until they improve enough to earn the highest microlot premiums CCS pays, at which point their coffees graduate from the blend and a new farmer can join in. This is a long-term regional strategy and Small Planes is excited to support the project in its second year.
As a filter coffee, this is soft, smooth, and easy drinking. As espresso, El Rincon has delicate crema, medium weight, and a bittersweet Black Forest gateau finish.
Fun fact: The name is taken from a tiny restaurant in Peña Blanca called 'El Rincon del Sabor', where the CCS team eats breakfast when visiting farms.