Guatemala Antigua Cafe Pulcal

The cup is sweet and silky. There's a delicateness to the acidity that comes off as refreshing in mouthfeel, and with notes of mandarin orange, blackberry and red currant. The finish is long and carries with it a dark cocoa flavor as well as red berry. This is a versatile coffee that makes a crowd pleasing cup and also makes great SO espresso at more developed roast levels. City+ to Full City+.
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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Central America
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Patio Sun-dried
Arrival date May 20 2013
Lot size 64bags/boxes
Bag size 46.00kg
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Bourbon, Caturra
Grade SHB EP
Appearance 0 d/300gr, 17-18+ Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City+. This coffee takes on a wide range of roasts and performs well.
Weight 1 LB
Recommended for Espresso Yes
Hacienda Carmona is located in Antigua at 5200-6100 feet altitude. They call the single-farm coffee from Carmona "Cafe Pulcal" which is the name of their mill as well. The farm dates to early colonial times, but coffee was planted 1800s when the farm was acquired by the Zelaya family, and first exported in 1918. Carmona is run by Maria Zelaya Aguirre since 1959, and she is the third generation that works and lives at Hacienda Carmona. While Maria certainly cares for her coffee, she is also so fond of her herd of cattle that she has named each one after a name of her friends (human friends, that is), so she is indeed quite a character. Luis Pedro Zelaya helps to manage the coffee at this point, and in fact we tried to visit after I finished my duties at the Cup of Excellence this year, but the explosion of Volcan Pacaya followed by torrential rains meant all routes to the farm were impassible. Carmona is said to have a unique micro-climate in the Antigua valley as well as hillside exposure and well-draining soils. To form this lot, we cupped too many small "day lots" to count, selecting those that had the best sweetness and brightness. Day lots are small harvest batches from particular areas of the farm. We opted for middle-of-the-harvest day lots since even and abundant ripeness means better cherry selection, and these are also from the higher reaches of the farm.
Pulcal is consistently a balanced coffee in sweetness, body, and acidity. There's a perfumed sweetness in the dry fragrance along with dried dark fruits like raisin and fig, and a not of cacao. Adding hot water brings up nutty smell in the steam, like candied pecan, and a sugary note of brown sugar and butter. Wafts of black walnut and baker's chocolate are released from beneath the crust on the break. The cup is sweet and silky. There's a delicateness to the acidity that comes off as refreshing in mouthfeel, and with notes of mandarin orange, blackberry and red currant. The finish is long and carries with it a dark cocoa flavor as well as red berry. This is a versatile coffee that makes a crowd pleasing cup and also makes great SO espresso at more developed roast levels.