Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul - "El Mecanico" Mendez

This Xinabajul microlot has balanced sweetness and acidity, and showcases baked fruits and caramelizing sugar sweetness. Body is weighty, and this is sure to make a nice espresso option too. Sweet from beginning to end, this makes for a fantastic daily cup. City to Full City+. SO Espresso.
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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Central America
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Patio Sun-dried
Lot size 14bags/boxes
Bag size 46.00kg
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Bourbon, Caturra, Typica
Grade SHB
Appearance .4 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations This coffee seems best around City+ to Full City, but will show well on both sides of this range.
Weight 1 LB
Recommended for Espresso Yes
Here we are in our second year of Proyecto Xinabajul, and are grateful to all the folks who continue to offer us their coffees for Sweet Maria's. We've met many great people and purchased quite a few lots from small, often family-run, farms in the area, and again the coffee from the Mendez family continues to amaze. Much of the family lives in close proximity to one another in the San Pedro Necta area of Huehuetenango - a few of them neighboring each other. Such is the case of Jorge "El Mecanico" Mendez who lives just off the main road. Heading further up that road, you wind up on a trail system switching back and forth on the mountain, all heavily lined with coffee shrubs. The coffee is plotted out on the hillside into separate areas for different family members and neighbors. The operation is a bit dizzying and beautiful, and you can sort of get a feel for the incline in the first pic below (imagine that on the other side of that shrub the incline is near straight down). It's great luck when you happen upon a situation such as theirs. You think you are finding ONE great coffee, only to find that their neighbors are producing top lots as well. And Jorge "El Mecanico", well, he's not only a coffee farmer, but also runs the local auto garage in town (that's Jorge in the second photo, and the last pic is the drying patio at his home). Anyway, we feel very fortunate to buy coffee from the Mendez family again this year, and Jorge's is a prime example of the top shelf small producer lots in the region.
It's no surprise that this lot from "El Mecanico" Mendez has a deep sweetness and pleasing aroma that we've found in so many lots from his neighboring family members. Grinding this coffee brings about a smell of raisin, roasted almond, and spice, as well as a resonant brown sugar sweetness. And the aroma only gets better with water - the wet grounds are loaded with caramel, vanilla, and a sweet smell of baking apple with spices. I feel the cup doesn't stray too far from the aromatic profile. There's a heavy dose of caramelizing sugars, so sweet, and they linger on through to the finish. It's no doubt a sweet cup, and at City+ notes of canned peach (you know, floating in that crazy syrup!), white grape, and pistachio come to mind as the cup begins to cool. It's a medium bodied coffee too, with some weight on the palette, and with nice apple-like acidity on top. This is one of those perfectly balanced cups, with a sweetness, acidity, body, and cleanliness I look for in a daily drinking coffee. This is sure to make a fantastic SO espresso option as well.