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Guatemala San Diego Buena Vista Yellow Bourbon

Another sweet, sturdy coffee from San Diego Buena Vista with flavors of caramel sauce, milk chocolate, caramel corn candy, and high % cacao bar in darker roasts. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.


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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Acatenango
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-dried
Arrival date August 2018 Arrival
Lot size 9
Bag size 46 KG
Packaging GrainPro Liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Yellow Bourbon
Grade SHB EP
Appearance .4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City+
Type Farm Gate
Recommended for Espresso Yes

This is a special small lot of Yellow Bourbon variety coffee from Finca San Diego Buena Vista. Bourbon coffees are named after an island in the Indian Ocean where French colonists originally grew it, now called Reunion, and this type ripens to a yellow color, not red. Sometimes we find the yellow types to have better sweetness in the cup. (The cherries themselves measure higher sugar content on the Brix scale when I have checked). But the difference between yellow and red varieties usually comes down the the farm conditions, how well they are picked and processed, and not some essential aspect of the fruit skin color. In this case, this small lot receives a lot of care, and we pay a special price for it as well. I have visited this farm and as always am impressed with their practices, the way they have separated all the cultivars on the farm, and the beautiful condition of the mill. The mill is a vintage one with amazingly well kept-up machinery and the care is evident at every turn.

The dry fragrance of this Yellow Bourbon shows smells of praline nut and deep sugar browning sweetness at City+ roast level. A barley tea note accents intensely sweet aroma that has elements of melted butter with brown sugar. The cup shows classic Guatemala characteristics of balanced sweet/bittersweet tones and structured brightness. The perceived acidity lends the briskness of black tea to the sweet cup, a mouth cleansing affect in City+ roasts that is complimented by notes of roasted barley and sugar in the raw. City+/Full City is a fairly safe range for producing a balanced cup, with a range of flavors from caramel sauce, milk chocolate, caramel corn candy, and high % cacao bar at the deeper end of the roast spectrum. Another sweet, sturdy coffee from San Diego Buena Vista and limited availability.