A sweet undercurrent of raw sugar and caramel flavors lay the groundwork for a crowd pleasing coffee and a subtle apple note adds to a fruited acidic impression. Bold cocoa flavors and heavy body at Full City. City+ to Full City+. Good espresso.
|Region||El Paraiso, Huehuetenango|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||August 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Typica|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
This is a small lot is built from the coffees of a few small producers in the El Paraiso micro-region of Huehuetenango. This lush valley boasts a dramatic landscape of jutting cliffs, and seemingly endless green as far as you can see. Farmers in the region, grow coffee on small parcels of land often adjacent to where they live - in many cases less than a hectare of coffee. Bourbon and Caturra are dominant varietals, but you'll see the occasional Typica tree mixed in. Processing is handled locally, pulping the coffee and then laying it out to dry on concrete patios. The dry parchment coffee is transported to Bella Vista in Antigua where it is sorted, dry milled, and prepped for export. On their own each lot represented less than 10 bags, and so we decided that since the cup profiles were complimentary to one another, this presents an opportunity to blend into a larger single origin offer.
Aromatically speaking, this El Paraiso lot lets off thick caramel sweetness and buttery toffee-coated nut. It's a sweet smelling crust that at Full City has a chocolatey smell like Nutella spread. City+ roasts produce a sweet undercurrent of raw sugar and caramel flavors that lay the groundwork for a crowd pleasing coffee. As you move through the cup, any fruited accents that come through are mild. But a subtle apple note does add a nice fruited touch and feeds into a fruited acidic impression. This coffee excels at Full City roast level too, presenting bold dark cocoa flavors and heavy, inky body. Espresso shots are bittersweet and have an licorice aromatic hint.