Guatemala Acatenango - Finca San Diego Buena Vista

The cup is Guatemala all the way. It has that great relationship between sweetness and bittersweetness, as well as brightness, body and cup flavor. At City+, the flavors are sugary sweet, with a note of raw pistachio in the background. Apple and raisin pair with notes of cinnamon and other warming spices, and a hint of Zacapa shows between the caramel-vanilla and spice notes. City+ to Full City+.
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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Central America
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Patio Sun-dried
Arrival date May 20 2013
Lot size 64bags/boxes
Bag size 46.00kg
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Bourbon
Grade SHB/EP
Appearance .0 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City+. This coffee works best with a bit more roast, and FC to FC+ makes great SO espresso as well!
Weight 1 LB
Acatenango is one of the under appreciated growing regions of Guatemala. It has always been overshadowed by nearby Antigua, and in fact many Acatenango coffees were sold as Antigua lots for many years. In mill-mark Antiguas, this is still the case, since farmers who sell cherries or the collectors who round it up and bring it to the mill rarely respect such boundaries. But Acatenango coffees come from some of the most beautiful farms I have seen in Guatemala, and San Diego Buena Vista is a case in point. I have visited this farm and was impressed with their practices, the way they have separated all the cultivars on the farm, and the beautiful condition of the mill. When I was there, all the harvest was in, and they were reconditioning the mill, replacing bearings, cleaning and painting. Reinvestment and pride are always good signs at a mill! Cleanliness doesn't hurt either, and the SDBV mill, while quite old, was beautiful, even down to the flowers rimming the office alongside the drying patio.
It's a really classic Guatemala coffee too, a balanced and well-structured flavor profile. The dry fragrance of the SDVB is mild, restrained, and with notes of milk chocolate and roasted almond. There's a refined sweetness that builds momentum when adding hot water. The wet aromatics have a pumpkin pie smell to them that is sweet, and spiced with nutmeg and all-spice. There is a sharper sweet scent in the break, like toasted caramel, along with a note of raw almond. In the cup, the body is a key feature here, with a distinct thick, dense mouthfeel. The cup is Guatemala all the way. It has that great relationship between sweetness and bittersweetness, as well as brightness, body and cup flavor. At City+, the flavors are sugary sweet, with a note of raw pistachio in the background. Apple and raisin pair with notes of cinnamon and other warming spices, and a hint of Zacapa shows between the caramel-vanilla and spice notes. There's a citric brightness at these lighter roast levels that is obscured by a dark chocolate 'tang' in dark roasts. In terms of this great balance of cup qualities, this is the expression of Bourbon cultivar all the way. This has always been one of our favorite Guatemalan SO espressos; lemon-zested chocolate velvet!