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Moderate sweetness and acidity, minimally refined sugars, raisin, brisk acidity with lemon citric hint when roasted light, dark chocolate and burnt sugars when dark. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio and Raised Bed Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||July 2021 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Typica|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 15-17 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Xinabajul is the name of the original Huehuetenango town, and this coffee comes from small-holder farmers in the greater department of Huehue. Specifically, this small lot is a blend of coffees from six small producers in the growing areas of Santa Barbara, Cuilco, La Libertad and San Pedro Necta. In the past, small coffee producers in this area had few options when selling their coffee locally; they could take it to the large mills down at lower elevations and get paid the going rate, or they could sell it to "coyotes" who drive the dirt roads in their trucks paying cash for coffee. Neither offered any extra price for quality, even though the coffees were grown higher and tended with greater care than the big farms down at lower elevations. We partnered with local coffee people to offer higher prices if the farmers could meet our quality expectations in the cup, and this lot is testament to that success. Given that the localities where we are buying coffee are little more than extended family groups, we have found if we involve a brother or sister, they will tell all their coffee-farming kin and soon we have a network of farmers interested in our project. We wrote an in-depth and detailed description of the project as well.
Xinabajul Producers packs a hefty sweetness of raw sugar notes, complimented by subtle grace notes in light roasts, and balancing out the bittersweet chocolate that comes with darker roasts. Toasted almonds and light brown sugar outline the fragrance from the dry grounds. Adding hot water brings up a concoction of raw sugary sweetness and a hint of chocolate dipped raisin. Xinabajul Producers is a moderately sweet cup in the light and middle roasts, with a mild, but brisk acidity, and lemon-citric hint. Flavor components of minimally refined sugars, along with roasted almond in aroma, lay out a nice base coffee flavor. A raisin note accents the cup in my lighter roasts, whereas fruit hints are more rounded and berry-like when hitting Full City, both very subtle. Dark roasting brings out pungent dark cocoa and burnt sugar roast tones, an overall pleasant interplay of bittering and sweet flavors. Full City roasts work well as espresso shots, pushing syrupy dark chocolate flavors to the front, and creamy nut tones long into the aftertaste.