Guatemala Huehuetenango Small Producers SWP Decaf

Guatemala Huehuetenango Small Producers SWP Decaf

Farm Description

This custom decaf was built out of several hundred samples (non-decaf) from the Huehuetenango highlands. Small producers from the sub-municipalities of Huixoc, Chichimes, and El Turbante are represented in this blend, showing "Classic" Guatemalan characteristics of caramelizing sugars, malic fruits, and roasted nut. And we're happy with this resulting decaf, courtesy of Swiss Water in Vancouver, BC. These custom decafs are a breath of fresh air compared to much of the stale tasting, past crop, decafs we've tasted elsewhere. These are fresh coffees, landing between May and August, which makes a huge difference in the resulting decaf cup. And we also know a lot about where the coffee comes from, which is a plus. Water process decaf means no chemicals are used, only water to swell the beans, separate caffeine, leaving much of the volatile compounds that affect aroma and taste intact.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

This Guatemala decaf has convincing sweetness, roast bolstering body, making for a wonderful dual-use option. The ground coffee of City/City+ roasts have a toasted sugar and caramel corn smell, with a subtle hint of vanilla bean. Aromatics have a rich, caramel scent, like freshly torched creme brûlée, and the break releases a note of stone fruits. As a brewed cup, the hot coffee has a toasted sugar flavor, providing a platform for subtle top notes that emerge as the cup cools. The sweetness shifts toward cane juice - a slight pungency, raw, and sweet - with apple, whole clove, and cinnamon stick. Body is heavy on the palette, even in the City roast range. Our best results were in the City+ to Full City roast levels, with City roasts showing a bit of grain/decaf flavor. While not gone altogether, deeper the middle roast range builds out a cup profile that is very "un-decaf" in flavor.

Score

87

Lot Size

25 x 60 KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City+; withstands a bit of heat (and yes, with audible 'snaps'!), darker roasts making great espresso.

Processing

Wet Process, then SWP Decaf

Varietal

Bourbon     Catuai     Caturra     Typica    

Grade & Appearance

SHB EP; .6 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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