Guatemala Acatenango -Finca La Soledad

A classic, balanced Guatemala flavor profile, and fantastic as SO espresso too! Vanilla malt sweetness, almond and apricot high notes, rounded and dense mouthfeel, stone-fruit and nut flavors at the foreground. City to Full City+ roast.
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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Central America
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Arrival date Aug 5 2011
Lot size 120bags/boxes
Bag size 69.00kg
Farm Gate Yes
Grade SHB/EP
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ roast to Full City+; for brewed coffee I recommend the lighter side of the spectrum, a bright-yet-balanced coffee. FC+ makes a fantastic SO espresso!
Weight 1 LB
Recommended for Espresso Yes
Finca La Soledad has been a P©rez family coffee farm since 1895, named in honor of a Perez grandmother, Soledad. Beyond simply inheriting a farm in a great micro-climate and altitude for coffee, the Perez family has shown great dedication to care for the trees, rebuilding the old mill to the highest ecological standards. I have visited this farm the past 4 seasons and this is the third year to offer the coffee at Sweet Maria's. And I am so happy with the lot we are offering here. It's not some crazy "fruit bomb" coffee; it's a classic Central that I find myself, on a weekend morning, wanting to select for my own brew. Henio and his son Raul work intensively on the farm, and Raul has been roasting and cupping samples regularly to master the quality control of their coffee. It might be surprising, but there very very few coffee farmers that are true cuppers of their own production. The crop was smaller this year at Soledad but I think the quality is up. Bright yet balanced, sweet yet with a pleasant bittersweet tang as well, dense in it's mouthfeel, this is a great example of the Guatemala flavor profile.
The dry fragrance has a vibrant fruit/nut flavor, a chocolate-dipped raisin and hazelnut scent. At darker levels, chocolate bittersweet notes dominate. The aroma from the wet grounds intensifies in honey sweetness, adding scent in the lighter roasts and some "brown bread on the hearth" smells at Full City roast. There is also a slight floral hibiscus scent. The aromatics are classic, clean, balanced Central America all the way, and the cup flavor follow suit. Lighter roasts have almond and apricot high notes, a clean and lively acidic snap, with vanilla malt sweetness. At City+ roast a more rounded flavor profile emerges, with a dense mouthfeel, a more developed sweetness, but still apricot-nut flavors at the foreground. The finish has a mouth-refreshing quality, with lingering brightness and a fading brown sugar taste. Now something else quite exciting about this Finca La Soldedad lot, the SO espresso. It is fantastic! Roasted just to the verge of 2nd crack, perhaps a few snaps into it, the espresso is bright, creamy, dense, sweet, chocolaty, silky. I enjoyed some shots at lighter roasts that were very citric and intense, but perhaps a little bright for some palates.