It’s back and going fast! With notes of sweet wine grapes, black cherry, rich chocolate and an oaky complexity, our Pinot Noir barrel-aged El Salvador is one of our most popular and exclusive coffees. This year’s limited batch has arrived just in time for all the celebrations of the season. If you liked our Bourbon barrel-aged coffee, you’ll love this Pinot coffee: the wine barrels add depth to the cup, but they don’t dominate it; instead, the sweet, fermenty red grapes provide a boozy compliment to a mild, creamy Salvadoran coffee with notes of cocoa and citrus zest.
To prepare this coffee, unroasted beans from El Salvador are aged for three months in the same oak barrels that aged Pinot Noir for over a year. The coffee comes from the Las Delicias farm, located in the volcanic foothills of Santa Ana. Miguel Menendez Sr., a 7th generation grower, has won numerous awards for his coffees— including multiple showings in the Cup of Excellence. Salvadoran beans are beloved for their full body, their honeyed sweetness, their soft and gentle fruit notes, their rich cocoa undertones. The Pinot Noir barrels are sourced from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a Pinot Noir paradise whose fruity wines stand toe-to-toe with their classic rivals from Burgundy, France. The combination of these two profiles results in a sweet, balanced interplay of coffee and wine flavors that feels playful, sophisticated, and utterly unique.
It’s no wonder that coffee and wine attract many of the same fans. Both require a narrow and specific climate to thrive; both require decades of experience to grow, harvest, and process; and both speak the same language, with flavors that tell fascinating stories about their origins. Enjoy this sweet, luxurious sip of local wine and local coffee, a love story of expertise and flavor that can only come from the Pacific Northwest. This exclusive coffee won’t last long, so don’t wait: reserve a bag of our Pinot Noir barrel-aged El Salvador today, and brew up a very special toast to your day. Cheers to the morning!
||★★★★★||★★★★★ I didn't know what to expect even after opening the bag yesterday since I wanted to get to this before I start on the Kona. I did grind it all because I knew this was not going to be a favorite like the bourbon aged. It was an unusual aroma that was pleasant and I think needed the little sugar I use in a large mug for the first cup. I did get the fruitiness of red wine but think have to do again for the other notes. I don't press it strong so maybe the chocolate would come through.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ This was a really nice surprise. It was nice and warm without an overpowering wine taste from the barrels. I really enjoyed this one. It had a rich flavor that was really complex.|
Joseph D. Gordon
||★★★★★||★★★★★ This was an oddly great coffee. I'm not a wine drinker, so I have to say that I noticed the dark red/purple fruit tones/flavors. Loved the dark chocolate woody flavor, and the zingy red/purple fruit notes. Very different, very good.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ A kind of unusual but certainly interesting coffee. I did not get much chocolate but did get the cherry and wine flavors. The wine notes, though, were a little too overpowering for me. I blended it with a Sumatra and it was very delicious. Brewed french press.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Nice one! The wine/grape notes are delicate and do not take over the chocolate coffee flavor. One of my faves.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ This coffee is an absolute treat! As soon as I opened the bag I got a whiff wine. As the coffee cools, the wine taste becomes more noticeable. Smooth, fruity, low acidity.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Wow! It really does have a wine taste and after feel. A very unique coffee worth trying.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ A very unique aroma, definitely smells of wine. Coffee has strong fruit notes but is fairly smooth as well. Very flavorful coffee with an unusual twist. Not one of our favorite coffeess but very good.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ I was really looking forward to trying this roast, but have to say I was a little disappointed. This is a good medium roast coffee, but I was expecting better. It just might be the wine tasting notes that I am not used to. I think I’ll stick with the more traditional roasts.|
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Loved this one. Dark cherry flavor with dark chocolate and after taste of red/purple fruit tones that must be the wine finish.|
Shelby Nicole Householder
||★★★★★||★★★★★ Holy FLAVOR! This is the first time I reserved a Top Shelf, and I am so happy I did. This coffee is bursting with flavor. The first note I noticed right away was root beer. Then a cherry flavor. It has a semi-sweet, tangy flavor. If you love flavorful coffee, I suggest giving this one try!|