Happy New Year, everyone!
I am really happy to be able to begin 2019 with a coffee product from one of my favorite companies, Pascucci: Guatemala La Alpa 1, Mono Origine Roasted Coffee Beans. As the bag description tells us, this is all washed Arabica, with a strength of 3 on the scale of 10.
The presentation in very much what you would expect from a typical Italian espresso: the beans are medium roasted and dryish, although maybe a little less uniform in shape than some other blends from, say, Segafredo Zanetti. The bag aroma is reminiscent of another Pascucci product, Golden Sack: a pretty pungent, toasted Arabica smell with a marzipan-like edge. Absolutely mouth watering.
This deserves to be brewed in a macchinetta, in my case the Bialetti Moka. After pouring the fresh coffee in the cup, you notice the bouquet seems a little more well-behaved than the bag aroma. You also get a very pleasant scent of vanilla.
But how does it taste? Now, this is where you finally realize the sheer quality of this product. Firstly, this is one of the smoothest coffees I’ve ever had, with a very creamy body or mouth feel. At the same time, though, it retains the toasted feel of a high quality Italian espresso. The vanilla also comes through nicely in the taste. But then, the second you think you already know what this coffee is about, you are surprised by the long finish: raisins and dried fruits. Oh wow. I can’t even begin to describe how good this is.
In Guatemala La Alpa 1, Pascucci brings you a single origin coffee that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It’s smooth enough to enjoy first thing in the morning, but espresso-like enough to satisfy you after a big meal. It’s truly a winner. It will definitely be in my rotation, and deserves to be in yours, too. In Finland, you can get it from Ciao! Caffé coffee shops, in my case from the good folks at their Trio shop in Lahti. Please do yourself a favor and pay them a visit. You won’t regret it!