Complex sweetness (rates 9.0!), layers of caramel, floral honey, raw sugars, and more. A bright lemon note at City, and dark dried fruit and berry at Full City. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||June 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Typica|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
Xinabajul is the name of the original Huehuetenango town, and this coffee comes from small-holder farmers in the greater department of Huehue. Specifically, this small lot is a blend of a small producers in the Santa Barbara and Union Cantinil micro regions. The small coffee producers in this area had few options when selling their coffee locally; they could take it to the large mills down at lower elevations and get paid the going rate, or they could sell it to "coyotes" who drive the dirt roads in their trucks paying cash for coffee. Neither offered any extra price for quality, even though the coffees were grown higher and tended with greater care than the big farms down at lower elevations. We partnered with local coffee people to offer higher prices if the farmers could meet our quality expectations in the cup, and this lot is testament to that success. Given that the localities where we are buying coffee are little more than extended family groups, we have found if we involve a brother or sister, they will tell all their coffee-farming kin and soon we have a network of farmers interested in our project. We wrote an in-depth and detailed description of the project as well.
This lot from the farmers of Tuiloj has potent honey sweetness in light roasts that hits a floral apex in both flavor and aroma. I cupped it next to a mild Costa Rica, which certainly played a role in providing some context/comparison. But even going back to it and tasting on its own, the layered sweet smells are definitely on full display and intense. The sweetness is complex and a strata of cream caramels, floral honey and raw sugars lay the groundwork as you work your way through it. (There's a lot more than just complex sweetness, but it's worth mentioning the "sweetness" category scored a tooth aching 9.0 points!). City roasts make for the brightest cups of coffee with a lemon bar flavor that illuminates the crystalline sweet base, and shows tartness up front. Roasting close to Full City brings out a dark, dried fruit quality that reminds me of raisin or currant, and there's a 'fresh' fruit flavor too that comes off like grape. One of our sweetest Guatemalans this year and with enough fruited top notes to keep things interesting. Highly recommended.