A classic crowd-pleaser coffee with dry fragrance of hazelnut and chocolate, cocoa powder, a twist of citrus, a bracing brightness. It's a well-structured flavor profile. Full City to Full City+ roast.
Candelaria is located in the Alotenango area, not far from Antigua Guatemala. In the past, much of the coffee from this are was sold as Antigua coffee although technically it is not. The farm is at the base of the sweeping ascent to the peak of Volcan de Agua, with coffee grown between 1300 and 1500 meters. Much of the farm is set aside as natural forest. Candelaria was an old farm that was in poor condition when it came under the ownership and management of Luis Pedro Zelaya Sr. There has been a process of revitalization at Candelaria for some years now, as older trees are heavily pruned back (which takes them our of production for 2 years) or replaced completely with new plant material. The farm is still very traditional, using a heavy shading of Grevillea trees, and processing using the wet-process fermentation method. Candelaria is sometimes confused with another farm in Amatitln with the same name.
This is a classic crowd-pleaser coffee. The dry fragrane has hazelnut and chocolate balance. The wet aromatics of the light roast have a slight green herbal note, Italian parsley, which fades in darker FC roast level behind a bittersweet tangy roast aroma. The cup has a striking brightness, something I would call "bracing acidity" that gives the cup a real backbone. By acidity we mean flavor high notes, not acidity that attacks your stomach lining, and by backbone we mean flavor structure, not the taste of cooked backbone. Okay, I jest, or attempt to. The lightest roasts of Candelaria can be shrill and have a dry nut finish. It's a great Guatemala for darker roast levels, Full City and Full City+, where the cocoa powder notes turn toward rich and layered chocolate bittersweets. The brightness still breaths life into this coffee at darker levels as well, a twist of citrus on top of the deeper roast tones, laced with hazelnuts. It's not a super complex or refined coffee, but a great daily drinker, especially with the heavier roast treatment. The coffee roasts with some bean-to-bean variation in color, notably in the light roasts.