Regalito shows pristine sweetness with fruit notes like golden raisin, currant, plum, and white grape. Oh so sweet across a wide roast range, with a finish that's like chocolate covered toffee almonds. City to Full City+. Great for espresso.
El Regalito is a farm in the Hoja Blanca area of Huehuetenango. This region, located in the Northern reaches of Huehuetenango at the border with Chiapas, Mexico is called Cuilco. Regalito is under the care of the Villatoro family, with Aurelio Villatoro overseeing the wet mill, and Antonio, his nephew, specifically looking after this farm as well as Boqueroncito, another coffee we buy. We like these coffees, and go through quite a lot of samples of daily process batches from these farms to select the ones that have the best qualities the farm has to offer. Regalito means "little gift". The farm is situated in a valley between two steep mountain sides, providing perfect topography for growing coffee, and ideal shade provision from the surrounding natural forest. In this area coffee tops out about 1750 meters due to the colder climate here. The main image shows Aurelio and his prized Toyota Land Cruiser. The coffee images show the dominant cultivar planted there, Bourbon variety coffee, with its distinct clumping fruit form. There is also Caturra planted here, a cousin of Bourbon.
Aromatically, this lot from Regalito has a great mix of dry and fresh fruit flavors intermixed with developed sugar sweetness. Grinding a City roast brings about a honey-like sweetness, raisin and plum also come to mind at City roast level, and big dark chocolate roast tones in roasts near Full City. Baking spices linger, developing a sweet clove syrup top note. The wet grounds intensify Regalito's candy-like sweetness, toffee almond showing in high volume, along with a lovely dried apple accent released on the break. This provides an accurate glimpse into the cup profile, with fruits gaining steam as the coffee temperature begins to dip. The sweetness is pristine, like simple syrup, and golden raisin to currant notes are the first fruit notes to emerge, giving way to accents of white grape and herbal tea as the cup cools down. The coffee has clean, crisp acidity that along with a subtle floral honey grace note adds elegance to the cup, shining all the way up to Full City (but is most prevalent at C/C+). This is a very sweet brewed coffee across the roast spectrum, and a chocolate toffee-nut tone holds long into aftertaste. Full City roasts see an uptick in dark fruits that are complimented by a flavor Dutch drinking cocoa. The cup is so articulate and clean, hallmarks of a competition-winning Guatemalan coffee, and will work wonderfully as a single-origin espresso too (Full City roasts prove to run high in the dark cocoa category, with light berry accents in the finish).