Guatemala Antigua Retana Yellow Bourbon

Equal parts caramel and cocoa, that make for a delicious flavor combination. Fruits like fresh peach, plum, and apricot make appearances in the cooling cup. There's also a note of saturated black tea that brings a nice tannic quality to the acidity. This coffee is very versatile and will do best when giving the starch content a chance to develop into sugars. 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 6 2013
Lot size 50bags/boxes
Bag size 60.00kg
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Bourbon
Grade SHB
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City. This is a versatile coffee and roasts well from light to darker levels.
Weight 1 LB
Recommended for Espresso Yes
Finca Retana is a very traditional farm in central Antigua situated at 1550 meters on the valley floor. This lot is from a small portion of the farm where they grow Yellow Bourbon. Bourbon coffees are named after an island in the Indian Ocean where French colonists originally grew it, now called Reunion. Bourbon coffees tend to ripen earlier than other cultivars, and have a very balanced flavor profile with moderate acidity when cupped with other types planted in the same plot. They seem to have good bean density, and the plant is not stressed to overproduce fruit, unlike some of the modern Catimor hybrids as well as other types. Bourbon trees can remain productive for many years with good care.
This lot of Retana Yellow Bourbon has such sweetness, and with a cleanly fruited profile that lingers pleasantly long after the final sip. The grounds are perfumed with dried stone fruits, apple, and toasted nut. There's also raw honey comb - that waxy/floral smell that brings about a retronasal response. The crust has floral sugar and fresh baked fruit pie, with concord grape and all-spice coming through on the break. Retana makes such a nice cup of coffee. The sweetness grows as the cup cools, and will be a great dessert coffee or daily drinker. There's equal parts caramel and cocoa, that make for a delicious flavor combination. Fruits like fresh peach, plum, and apricot make appearances in the cooling cup. There's also a note of saturated black tea that brings a nice tannic quality to the acidity. This coffee is very versatile and will do best in the City+ to Full City roast realm, really giving the starch content to develop into sugars. The more developed roasts will make an interesting SO espresso.