Finca El Carmen is located in Aldea Los Planes, Acatenango which is part of the larger Chimaltenango Province. Juan Jose Mejia owns and operates the farm where he grows a healthy amount of Typica along with Tekisik Bourbon and Mondo Novo. This is an interesting mix of varietals for a country so heavily planted with classic Bourbon and its offshoot, Caturra. We're hoping to get a better look at varietal separation from the 2013 harvest in order to offer you all some more diversity. Finca El Carmen is tucked high above town on the Eastern slopes of the Acatenango Volcano perched at altitudes rising to nearly 1,900 masl. Juan Jose processes his cherry on the farm in traditional Guatemalan estate style - disc depulping, fermentation in tiled concrete tanks, washing in elongated channels and sun drying done on his patios.
The dry fragrance has delicate red fruit scents, raspberry and a hint of Fuji apple, with an abiding cane sugar sweetness and a touch of anise. Adding hot water, the wet aromatics turn more toward caramelized sugars, intensely sweet in the lighter roasts and more pungent at Full City level with dark berry suggestions. On the break there is a strawberry jam note. The cup has wonderful fruits and red apple candy, a sweet and refined flavor profile. The cup starts sweet and gets even sweeter as it cools. (This lot would be a great training told to show someone what sweetness means in coffee). There's a clean cane sugar aspect with slight caramel and vanilla dimension in the City level roast. Darker roasts remain sweet but emerging roast pungency interferes with the finish. I would keep this at City to City+ levels to experience the purest form of El Carmen flavor profile.