Regalito has a dense brown sugar sweetness and fruits like golden raisin, apricot, plum and black currant. Malic acidity cuts through along with an undercurrent of bittersweet cocoa that lasts long into the finish. City+ to Full City+. SO espresso.
El Regalito is a farm Hoja Blanca area of Huehuetenango. This area, located in the Northern reaches of Huehue at the border with Chiapas, Mexico is called Cuilco. Finca El 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. And the dog, well, its one of my favorites and a star of our Dogs of Coffee calendar for 2014
This lot from Finca Regalito is right in line with what we've come to expect from this coffee - a balance of developed sugar sweetness, mild fruit notes, and crisp acidity. Grinding the coffee brings about a smell of dried apple, honey, and all-spice. Baking spices linger, especially in dark roasts. The wet grounds have a super sweet smell of vanilla and dark caramels, almost cookie-like, with a note of butterscotch coming up off the break, and even a bit of concord grape. Regalito cups with a dense brown sugar sweetness at City+/Full City. Lighter roasts show fruited notes like golden raisin and apricot, while Full City has plum and black currant. The acidity is malic and mouth-cleansing, like red apple. Regalito finishes with a sweet, cacao flavor that lingers long in the aftertaste. Overall, this makes for a very sweet cup of the daily drinking variety, and Full City-beyond roasts will produce great SO espresso shots.