A bodied, structured and balanced brew, flavors of roasted almond drizzled with caramel, corn syrup, bittersweet chocolate and a dried apple accent. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||Peña Blanca, La Libertad, Huehuetenango|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||August 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|
"Pequeñas de Peña" refers to the small farmers we are buying from in the area of Peña Blanca. This sub-municipality of La Libertad, is perched high in the mountainous region of Huehuetenango, many farms reaching as high as 2000 meters above sea level. This coffee comes to us through a joint-effort of a local micro-mill owner who is able to process and separate the micro-lots we approve, and a highly sophisticated dry-mill who handle the finishing touches and export the coffees for us. It helps us greatly to enlist local support, folks who not only know the land but also the local farmers. We put in quite a bit of work ourselves, tasting many rounds of samples in order to identify the premium-level coffees, as well as make several trips to the area each year meeting with farmers and collecting information. This is part of our "Proyecto Xinabajul" in Huehuetenango, which you can read an in-depth and detailed description of the HERE.
This sweet smelling coffee shows prized sweetness in the aromatic profile and cup. The dry fragrance at City+ produces raw sugar and cinnamon stick suggestions, with an overlay of caramel crumble. The wet grounds are rife with caramelized sugar smells, the pungency that comes with burning sugar in a pan, and a butterscotch top note lets off in the steam when breaking through the crust. At City+ the brewed coffee has weighty body, flavors of roasted almond drizzled with buttery caramel, baking spice flecks as well as a corn syrup flavor in the aftertaste. A dried apple note accents this sweet cup, a nice counterpoint to grounding bittersweet flavors as the coffee temperature cools. I don't characterize this coffee as 'bright', but was impressed by how well structured the cups were at City and City+ roast levels. Full City roasts are much more bittersweet, base flavors a cross between caramel and high % dark chocolate bar with red berry notes mixed in. It'll make an excellent espresso, as well as present a nice option for those who enjoy coffee milk drinks (would make an excellent café au lait).