Guatemala Antigua Cafe Pulcal

The cup has great character, silky with acidity that has a mandarin accent, giving a more light and effervescent overall character. There is a grape-like sweetness, paired with Thompson raisin, apricot preserves, and a more bittersweet finish. The flavor profile starts strong and opens even more up as the cup cools. 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 Dec 19 2012
Lot size 38bags/boxes
Bag size 46.00kg
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Bourbon, Caturra
Grade SHB
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. This is our very last arrival of Guatemala from the current crop, and our last to cup of the year. We received it in January!
Cafe Pulcal is truly a classic Guatemala coffee. In the dry fragrance, the balance of scents is very nice: ginger, green grape, caramel popcorn, cinnamon bark, and milk chocolate, all in proportion. Adding the hot water, the wet aroma is right in line with the dry fragrance, balanced, brown sugar sweet, with lots of cinnamon. The break produced dark fruits, mulling spice blend, and a somewhat dark sweetness, hinting at more developed sugars in the roast. The cup has great character: The chocolate in the darker roast aroma suggest the cup will be more aggressively bittersweet, but I am surprised how silky and elegant the overall impression of the cup flavors are at lighter levels. The acidity has a mandarin accent in the cup, giving a more light and effervescent overall character. There is a grape-like sweetness, paired with Thompson raisin, apricot preserves, and a more bittersweet finish. The flavor profile starts strong and opens even more up as the cup cools.