De Lujo was born as the result of some experiments for competition blends. These normally involve lots of coffee, lots of time on the cupping table, lots of time in front of the espresso machine, and most importantly, lots of tasting. There is something about this blend that excites me very much in espresso.
This blend contains 60% Bolivian Machacamarca, my favourite coffee of last year, which with its sweet chocolate and developed tones makes it a great base. Machacamarca also makes a very wonderful single origin espresso, though if it lacks anything it is a little acidity. So thinking about the very best coffee in our range for acidity, we have added my third favorite from last year, El Salvador La Ilusion, to the mix. This brings cleanness and brightness to the blend, along with a lovely winey characteristic.
This is some expensive blending, with two costly coffees. Combine two great coffees you hope to get an even greater blend, which is very much the case here. The coffees are each present in the blend for a reason, bringing very different attributes that compliment each other. They are both excellent individually, though together they amount to so much more than their component parts. Excellent espresso.