The cup is brimming with raw sugar and fruited sweetness, sweet sucanat and turbinado sugars, accents of canned stone fruit, berry, red apple at City+, and Full City yields rich Dutch drinking cocoa too. City+ to Full City+. Good espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||August 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16 - 18 screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Don Aurelio's farms are located in the Hoja Blanca area of Huehuetenango. This region, located in the Northern reaches of Huehuetenango at the border with Chiapas, Mexico is called Cuilco. The Villatoro family manage a few farms in this region (remember 'Regalito'?), with Aurelio Villatoro overseeing the wet mill, and his nephew Antonio helping to manage much of the day to day at the farms. We like these coffees, and go through quite a lot of samples of daily process batches from these farms to select the ones that have the best qualities the farm has to offer. This is a blend of some of the higher scoring samples from a mix of his farms that are situated on the slopes of two sides of the valley where Hoja Blanca lies. In this area coffee tops out about 1750 meters due to the colder climate here. Bourbon is the dominant cultivar grown, but Caturra is also planted here, a cousin of Bourbon.
Aromatically, this lot from Aurelio has a great mix of fruit, cocoa, and more than anytyhing, raw sugar sweetness. Grinding a City+ roast brings about a blackberry note that is underscored by dark brown sugar, a sweet-to-fruited combination that highlighted both my light and middle roast levels. The wet aroma has intense sweetness, and deeper fruit tones of canned stone fruits and berry accent the sweet raw sugar smells that fill the steam coming from the wetted coffee crust. This is a fairly accurate window into the cup profile of Don Aurilio's coffee, sweetness of both unrefined sugar and fruit underscoring the cup, and syrupy bittersweetness when roasted south of City+. The coffee has clean acidity that along with a subtle honey grace note adds an aromatic touch, not to mention cup structure. It's a very sweet brewed coffee, and caramel-to-raw sugar undertones are marked by fruited accent notes of red apple, and dark berry. Full City roasting yields a rich Dutch drinking cocoa flavor, which is a delicious cup on it's own, but also stands up to milk and makes a standout chocolatey espresso option.