Peña Blanca has fruit juice-like body, and both City+ and Full City roasts show balanced flavors of caramel accented dark cacao bar, along with an apple note, and lasting bittersweetness in the finish. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||Peña Blanca, La Libertad, Huehuetenango|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||October 2017 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra, Typica|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
The micro region of Peña Roja is located in the sub-municipality of La Libertad, Huehuetenango. 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 coffee represents the harvest of about a dozen differnt producers from the community, equaling 26 x 69 kg bags in total. This is part of our "Proyecto Xinabajul" in Huehuetenango, which you can read an in-depth and detailed description of the <a href="http://www.sweetmarias.com/library/content/guatemala-proyecto-xinabajul" target="_blank">HERE</a>.
The dry fragrance has a sweet overlay of caramel crumble at City+, subtle bittering undertones, and a roasted almond accent. The wet grounds have a rich bittersweetness at Full City, layered roast tones released on the break, and strong waft of cacao nib in the steam. At City+ the brewed coffee has juicy body, a nice weighty mouthfeel like apple juice. An apple-y fruit flavor is a surprise in City+ roasts, not something I sensed in smells at all, and lends to the apple-like acidity (especially in my City+ roast, but not as present at Full City). Both my City+ and Full City roasts made for a lovely brewed coffee, showing balanced bittersweetness that tastes like caramel accented dark cacao bar. Caramelized sugar and silky chocolate flavors hang on long in the aftertaste accompanied by a slight tannic aspect you find in stone-fruit skins. Peña Blanca doubles well as single origin espresso too.