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Guatemala Acatenenango -Finca La Soledad
A classic, balanced Guatemala flavor profile, and fantastic as SO espresso too! Malty, grain-like sweetness in the lighter roasts, almond and apricot high notes, sweetened hot cereal character, rounded and dense mouthfeel, stone-fruit and nut flavors at the foreground. City to Full City+ roast.
Finca La Soledad has been a P©rez family coffee farm since 1895, named in honor of a Perez grandmother, Soledad. Beyond simply inheriting a farm in a great microclimate and altitude for coffee, the Perez family has shown great dedication to care for the trees, rebuild the mill to the highest ecological standards, and optimize the cup quality of their coffees. I have visited this farm the past 2 seasons but this is the first time we are able to offer the coffee at Sweet Maria's. And I am so happy with the lot we are offering here. It's not some crazy "fruit bomb" coffee; it's a prototypical Central that I find myself, on a weekend morning, wanting to select for my own brew. Bright yet balanced, sweet yet with a pleasant bittersweet tang as well, dense in it's mouthfeel, a great exemplar of the Guatemala flavor profile. The dry fragrance has a vibrant fruit/nut flavor; a chocolate-coated raisin, hazelnut scent. At darker levels chocolate bittersweet notes dominate, with traces of warming spice and clove. The aroma from the wet grounds has most of the same attributes, adding only a malt-o-meal sweet scent in the lighter roasts and some "brown bread on the hearth" smells at Full City roast. The aromatics are classic, clean, balanced Central America all the way, and the cup flavor follow suit. There is a grain-like sweetness in the lighter roasts, almond and apricot high notes; a pleasant cup with sweetened hot cereal character. At City+ roast a more rounded flavor profile emerges, with a dense mouthfeel, a more developed sweetness, but still apricot-nut flavors at the foreground. Now something else quite exciting about this Finca La Soldedad lot, the SO espresso. It is fantastic! Roasted just to the verge of 2nd crack, perhaps a few snaps into it, the espresso is bright, creamy, dense, sweet, chocolaty, silky. I love it!