Just outside the town of Antigua is the small village of San Felipe de Jesus. And among the houses on the twisting and narrow side streets is an old coffee farm called La Folie. It is owned by Penny Matheu, having been divided off from the greater Matheu family lands and the neighboring Finca Filadelfia. The farm operates as a small estate of 91 acres. La Folie did exceptionally well in the 2010 Cup of Excellence competition, reaching 5th place, an amazing result for a first-time entrant. I visited the farm after the event, despite the fact it was bombarded with rain and mud in a violent storm the day previous. It's a beautiful old-style farm at 5100-5200 feet, planted chiefly in Bourbon, with Caturra and some Typica as well. The manager, Don Julio Valencia, lives on the farm, and the plantings are well-organized in blocks and rows, a classic Antigua style farm on flat, fertile grounds.
The dry fragrance is heavily laden with bittersweet cacao, accented with sugar browning notes like toffee with sweet, floral character in the background. The break offered a deeper, candied sweetness. The acidity has mandarin and pink grapefruit aspects, lively, tart and mouth-refreshing. I get a nice tartness, reminiscent of green apple, but with a balancing sweetness as well. The tartness fades into a very refined finish, as cherry and ripe red apple comes to the forefront, with a hint of Assam black tea. The mouthfeel is substantial and the finish very clean and creamy. This is a very clean, transparent flavor profile ... a prime example of top drawer wet-processed Guatemalan coffee.