Clean brown sugar and maple sweetness, red raisin, dried date pieces, high % cacao bar and apple-like acidity. A compact, sweet cup profile. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||El Paraiso, La Libertad|
|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||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Carmelino Sales is a farmer 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 like Carmelino grow coffee on small parcels of land often adjacent to where they live - in many cases less than a hectare of coffee. Altitude ranges from 1720 meters in the town proper on up to 1800+ meters above sea level in the steep surrounding hillsides. Bourbon, Caturra and Catuai 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 a dry mill in Huehuetenango town where the parchment layer is removed, the coffee density and color sorted, and generally prepped for export.
This coffee from Carmelino Sales is another in a string of versatile, dual-use Guatemalan coffees. The brews show crowd-pleasing balance in both light and darker roasts, and just enough fruited highights to acheive an above-average score for coffee from the region. The dry grounds have raisin/dried fruit smells, a sticky fruit flavor that bonds caramel and brown sugar sweetness together along with high % dark chocolate in the darker roasts. At City and City+, the brewed coffee shows clean light brown sugar and maple sweetness, along with flavors of red raisin and dried date pieces. Lighter roasts allow for a mild apple-like acidity to shine through the compact, sweet cup profile, that also adds to the fruited flavor impressions. Full City roasts are all about a mingling of rich, dark chocolate and dried fruit and berry flavors. It's safe to say the chocolate roast tones are undeniable while fruits don't quite come into full view until the coffee cools off some. You'd be correct to assume Carmelino's coffee is a great espresso option. Stick with Full City as a starting point for espresso and you're rewarded with flavors of dark chocolate bar, top notes hinting at plum, almond and licorice.