Cabrejo is a bodied cup, brooding unrefined sugar sweetness, Mission figs and Medjool dates, dried apple and blueberry, and a fruited cocoa note that is dialed up with roast development. Malic brightness ties it all together. City+ to Full City+. Excellent espresso.
As you descend into the picturesque town of Antigua on the road from Guatemala City, you will see an old brick wall and the unlikely gold script lettering that reads "Cabrejo." This is the entrance to the home of Agustin Fashen, and the gateway to the lower part of Finca Cabrejo that lies between the one-way roads in and out of Antigua. To get to the higher part of the farm, you will find a much less ornate sign, if you can find it at all. It spans a wide range, from 1,585-1,920 meters, and the trees seem to be in various stages of care, various types, various ages. That is why the farm is undergoing renovation, adding better road access and replanting some parts. The current shrubs are mainly Bourbon, Caturra and some Catuai. Actually, we found some very old Arabigo (Typica) plants as well, and some had yellow fruit!
Our second lot of Cabrejo shows more of a fruited side than Lot 1, City+ roasts accented by dark berry and dried fruits like fig and golden raisin. Sweetness still prevails in Cabrejo's cup, and at a wide range of roasts, Full City/Full City+ roasts still quite sweet and balancing any bittering cocoa tones (and yes, still accented by dark fruit notes). The dry fragrance shows unrefined sugar and cinnamon-spiced sweetness, as does the wet aromatics, breakin through the crust revealing a date/raisin fruited aspect. Cabrejo boasts big body, brooding unrefined sugar sweetness, and balanced bittersweetness in the finish. Top note complexity comes into focus as you move through the cooling cup, black Mission figs and Medjool dates, dried apple and blueberry, and a fruited dark chocolate flavor, an intensity that is easily dialed up with roast development. There's a nice malic brightness in Cabrejo too, that does well to pull base cup flavors and top notes together. Full City roasts and beyond are excellent SO espresso as well - so viscous and chocolatey bittersweet, with a Goji berry tartness up front, and dark berry hints.