Tasting Notes: Milk Chocolate, Red Grape, Almond

Tasting Notes: Milk Chocolate, Red Grape, Almond

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Santa Julia

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Santa Ana, El Salvador


Variety: Pacas, Bourbon

Processing: Washed

Origin: Santa Ana, El Salvador

Producers: The Salaverria Family

Altitude: 1545m

We often speak of coffee farmers' expertise and how generations of knowledge are applied to produce exceptional coffees. This is certainly the case with El Salvador's Salaverria family, who has been growing high-quality coffee in the Santa Ana region for six generations. But at their Santa Julia farm, the plants themselves also have generations of experience! These premium beans come from old growth bourbon plants, which can produce excellent coffee cherries for up to 50 years. With skilled farmers tending the same plants for decades you're bound to get exceptional quality and out-of-this-world flavor, and Santa Julia doesn't disappoint.

What we love most about Santa Julia is how smooth the flavors are. The cup is overflowing with a milk chocolate taste that creates a mellow and inviting base for a juicy red grape note. There's also an almond nuttiness that pairs well with the chocolate note and contributes to the overall silkiness of the flavor profile. We were impressed with how steady and polished these flavors are, almost like these beans have been practicing for years to find the perfect balance. It's the sort of coffee that effortlessly begs a second cup. Don't say we didn't warn you!

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3.5 out of 5

Incredibly smooth

Santa Julia was a really nice way to get my subscription started because I could tell the quality of the bean as soon as smelt it. It would probably work much better as a pour over brew but using it as espresso allowed the milk chocolate & hazelnut notes to fill the cup, the lighter roast that allowed the fruity quality was something I personally don’t look for in a bean but it didn’t throw me entirely off. 3.5 - 5 and for a snob, that’s not to bad. Cheers.

Nick McLoughlin

North Hollywood

Member Since

February '19

5.0 out of 5

One of my favorites!

Super smooth and delicious! Loved these beans.

Denise Chow

New York

Member Since

November '16

5.0 out of 5

Favorite coffee yet

Having been part of mustache coffee club for a few months this is by far my favorite yet. Wonderful flavor profile that everyone I know loves

Cameron Elms


Member Since

December '18

5.0 out of 5

Smooth, with just enough complexity to be interesting

Usually I'm more interested more in complexity of flavors than smoothness. While this coffee definitely screams "smooth!" it also keeps the flavors evolving and interesting enough to keep me interested. Highly recommended.

Jonathan Barton


Member Since

December '15

4.5 out of 5


The best yet. Smooth and tasty while not overly strong.

Scott Taylor


Member Since

December '18

5.0 out of 5

English coffee drinker

Very great coffee would recommend all to try it



Member Since

August '16

3.5 out of 5

Very solid and extremely fruity.

Results in a really nice cup of coffee. My first two brews have been very different grind sizes but my impressions are: The fruit notes are very forward, not particularly sweet or complex but very tasty. Another reviewer mentioned a slight burnt taste; I found this to be very pleasant, and mostly evident in a slight toast aroma during brew as opposed to the over-roasted type of burnt. Not my favorite from Moustache but some good coffee.

Jacob MacDonald


Member Since

April '18

2.5 out of 5

Santa Julia

Unique flavor with the red grape but not a fan and the caffeine seems low on this one.

Donald Garrell


Member Since

March '19

4.0 out of 5

Very Smooth

Super mild flavor. Has a slight sweetness. Very good coffee.

Ashley N Huntress


Member Since

February '17

3.0 out of 5


Pleasant enough but not a lot of interesting flavors, at least when brewed in our Bonavita. Might try french press for this one.

Greg Marquis

West Sacramento

Member Since

January '19

5.0 out of 5

Good, strong cup of coffee without too much bitterness.

Kerry I MIndeman

Saint Joseph

Member Since

March '19