Guatemala Xinabajul Peña Blanca Lot 1

Guatemala Xinabajul Peña Blanca Lot 1

Farm Description

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 different 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 HERE.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

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.

October 2017 Arrival

Score

86.7

Lot Size

18 x 46kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City+

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Bourbon     Caturra    

Grade & Appearance

SHB; .4 d/300gr, 16-18 screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $257.50 ($5.15/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $500.00 ($5.00/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight. Also available as a 300g sample.
Sampling FAQs

Flowering coffee shrub in Peña Blanca

Hiking the farm of one of the allied producers in Peña Blanca region

Drying patio in the shadows of peña blanca ("white cliff")

 

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