Middle roasts develop balanced bittersweetness, notes of caramel, cocoa sprinked vanilla bean, plenty of chocolate roast tones, and roasted almond. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||June 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||46 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
The picturesque town of Antigua is not far from Guatemala City, and sits in the shadow of Volcan de Fuego. Buena Vista is one of the farms owned by the Zelaya family, a family who for generations has farmed coffee in this region. Luis Pedro Zalaya Sr. and Jr. are still both very much involved in all stages of supply chain - from growing coffee at their farms in Antigua and Acatenango, to processing at their state of the art dry-mill, to exporting the final product. This is the second year we've bought coffee from Buena Vista farm (not to be confused with "San Diego Buena Vista"), drawn to both the sensorial and physical quality of the coffee. They do a great job at their dry mill, the physical quality of the green coffee looking near-pristine, which makes for a very even roast that is fairly easy to judge stages of development when roasting.
The dry grounds of Buena Vista have a scent of roasted nut drizzled with molasses at City+, while FC shows a fragrance of cacao nibs with a heavy dose of burned sugars. The wet aroma has more of a toffee-nut savory/sweetness, with wafts of sweetened condensed milk and dark caramel in the steam. City+ and Full City roasts develop a tasty caramel sweetness, with a cocoa sprinked vanilla bean note. Buena Vista Farm has a bittersweet core, especially when roasted to Full City, and while deeper roasting really draws out chocolate roast tones, it never tastes out of balance. I found both my roasts to have a nice, clean finish, an interplay of bittersweet flavors linger in the aftertaste. This coffee stands up to darker roasts well, our Full City roast showing sweetness, with a delicious mingling of dark chocolate bar and roast complexity. Syrupy body and cocoa characteristics make these darker roasts a prime candidate for single origin espresso or a blend base.