Monte Urales Capsules
VENDOR: EL SALVADOR
Espresso: Caramel, pineapple and pomegranate flavours with juicy mouthfeel and citrus finish
Lungo: Blush raisins and cranberry combined with toffee and red wine flavours over tea mouthfeel
Farm owner: Rolando Ramirez Moreno
Region: Finca Monte Urales, Ahuachapán, Ahuachapán Department, El Salvador
Cultivar: Bourbon and Pacas
Process: Red Honey
Altitude: 1200m-1650m asl
The sleepy cobbled streets and beautiful mural covered houses of Ahuachapán sit at the heart of the Northern El Salvadorean coffee sector. Traditionally this part of El Salvador produced sweet, caramel like washed processed coffees, and as you pass through the town it feels like this will always be the case . However, recent years has seen a handful of producers start to innovate in developing new flavour profiles with novel processing and one of the most recognised of these is Rolando Ramirez of Monte UralesThe coffee is dried under a vast canopy of nursery shade netting that protects the drying coffee from the Central American sun. Under this shade the temperature is ten degrees cooler than the unprotected traditional drying patios which makes huge changes to the flavour of the coffee. Drying is massively slowed down, preserving sugars and allowing controlled fermentation to add berry fruit notes to the classic citrus fruit profile of the region. Processing this way is hard and the coffee is constantly turned to preserve quality.
The resulting coffee gives us a great raw material to work with at Artisan Roast and we'e roasted this coffee relatively light for capsule coffee to showcase the sweetness and berry fruit.
Our capsules are certified as OK Compostable for local authority composting.
This means if you have food waste recycling from your local authority the capsules including lids and coffee can be put straight in here when you empty your Nespresso® machine. After around 90 days the capsules will be fully composted. At the minute these capsules don’t break down in home composting. The rest of the packaging is fully recyclable as well. The box the capsules come in uses water-based inks and can be recycled with any cardboard and paper system. The two bags with capsules in are fully compostable too so these can be added to your food waste recycling as well. These bags are flushed with nitrogen when the capsules are packed to get rid of oxygen and increase the shelf life.
How to brew
If you have your Nespresso® machine set up with the factory settings Artisan Roast’s capsules will still deliver a great brew. We use a little more coffee than usual in our capsules which helps deliver a fuller, more consistent coffee extraction when you brew at home.
To get the very best out of the coffee we do recommend altering the volume of water the machine puts out for each drink. The standard settings are 40ml for espresso and 110ml for lungo and we find our capsules deliver more flavour intensity when brewed shorter to 25ml espresso and 80ml lungo. Each machine has a slightly different set up for doing this so please refer to your manual as to the right process.
One quick brew tip is to bring your machine up to temperature with a full reservoir, then without a capsule loaded, brew for about ten seconds into an empty cup. Throw this water away and you’ll also have a perfectly heated Nespresso® machine ready for brewing delicious coffee.