A complex brew at a wide range of roasts, underlying butterscotch sweetness that hits a perfumed floral apex, accent notes of brisk tea, dark berry, candied citrus and a tangy acidity. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||El Injerto, La Libertad, Huehuetenango|
|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||.5 d/300 gr, 15-17 screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Don Evelio Villatoro's farm is located in the El Injerto, La Libertad region of the Huehuetenango Department. We haven't visited his farm, but the town of La Libertad sits at roughly 1500 meters, and coffee is often planted much higher, 1700, even 1800 meters above sea level. We see a mix of cultivars grown in La Libertad such as Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai and Typica mixed in. Wet processing is handled locally, and then the coffee is patio dried, before being transported down to a dry mill in Huehuetenango town where the parchment layer is removed, the coffee sorted, and prepped for export. We spent many hours at the cupping table sorting through small producer lots from the region in order to separate out Evelio's coffee. He submitted 10 samples this past harvest and this 45 bag lot is made up of 6 of those lots we tasted.
City+ roasts have dark toffee sweetness with a raisiny dried fruit smell and light cocoa powder accent. The wet grounds push hefty wafts of cream caramels and toffee in the steam, sweetened condensed milk too. As the aromatics suggest, the brewed coffee is so sweet (we rated 8.8!). The underlying flavor of light roasts is like butterscotch, a kind of buttery, caramelizing sweetness that hits a perfumed floral apex. The cooling cup makes room for tea-like accent notes and acidity that has a tangy lemon quality. The finish is clean, no nutty or dry aspects, and a candied citrus note is a highlight in the finish. Full City roasts develop layers of bittering cocoa flavors with a blackberry fruited note laced in. A really versatile Guatlemalan coffee that will yield a sweet, complex brew at a wide range of roasts.