This is a special small lot of Yellow Bourbon variety coffee from Finca San Diego Buena Vista. Bourbon coffees are named after an island in the Indian Ocean where French colonists originally grew it, now called Reunion, and this type ripens to a yellow color, not red. Sometimes we find the yellow types to have better sweetness in the cup. (The cherries themselves measure higher sugar content on the Brix scale when I have checked). But the difference between yellow and red varieties usually comes down the the farm conditions, how well they are picked and processed, and not some essential aspect of the fruit skin color. In this case, this small lot receives a lot of care, and we pay a premium price for it as well. I have visited this farm and as always am impressed with their practices, the way they have separated all the cultivars on the farm, and the beautiful condition of the mill. The last couple times I've visited at the end of the harvesty, they were capitalizing on the down time (no more coffee) and reconditioning the mill, replacing bearings, cleaning and painting. Reinvestment and pride are always good signs at a mill! The mill is a vintage one, but the care is evident at every turn. Due to the limited nature, this coffee is offered in 1, 2, and 5 LB quantities only.
The dry fragrance of the this Yellow Bourbon micro-lot is enticing, smells of butter-praline walnut, clove spice, and citrus blossom. Tea notes are heightened in the wet aromatics along with honeyed sweetness, and a subtle nut note. The cup shows classic Guatemala characteristics of balanced sweet/bittersweet tones and structured brightness at a wide range of roasts. There's a tea-like acidic impression, especially at City/City+ roasts, that is complimented by notes of herbal infusions. More developed roasts (passing City+ into Full City range) produce compact caramel sauce sweetness, and gives way to milk and dark chocolate flavors at the deeper end of the roast spectrum. Burned sugar tones become increasingly pungent as you pass Full City roast level, and a roasted almond note fills out the finish. There are mild sweet-lemon citric flavors as the cup cools, caramel-butter popcorn at City roast level, and an understated raisin note at the Full City level. This is a good option for a chocolatey espresso too, and I'd recommend Full City as a starting point, and personally would not take it too far into 2nd snaps/Full City+ in order to keep bittering roast tones from dominating the cup.