If you're out for a chocolatey brew, this one has so much to offer. As smokey roast tones fall away, you're left with a rich chocolate flavor that reminds me of flourless chocolate torte with accents of dried berry and raisin. Full City to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||Peña Blanca, Huehuetenango|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||August 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra, Typica|
|Appearance||.7 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||Full 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 coffee offers a delicious mix of dark chocolate and fruited flavor accents when roasting to Full City, which is really the point at which I think this coffee brews the best. I tried City and City+ too, and while the latter had many positive qualities, it didn't quite develop the same level of intensity that comes with deeper roasting. You get the roast tones too, which likely won't please those looking for a "light and bright" cup. But if you're out for a chocolatey brew, this one has so much to offer. As the cup cools off, the smokey roast tones fall away and you're left with a rich chocolate flavor that reminds me of flourless chocolate torte. Let it cool down some more, and you're rewarded with fruited accent notes of dried berry and raisin, a bit of blueberry in the finishing aroma. This is about as good an espresso option as any Guatemala on our list, as well as a nice option for those who enjoy coffee milk drinks (this will make an excellent café au lait).