This bourboncito separation from Candelaria has clean, citric to malic brightness (and flavors), honey sweet, and a nice flavor of milk chocolate. Great dual-use coffee. CIty to Full City+. Good for espresso.
Finca Candelaria is a well-known estate around here, partly due to it's resilience in an area that has seen harsh growing conditions, and partly because of the early-crop coffee that affords us some of the first fresh-arrival Guatemalan coffees. This is a batch built from a few day lots that we chose based on quality and cup profile. It's a separation of B300, a dwarf bourbon type varietal, short in stature and high in yield. Candelaria is located in the Alotenango area, not far from Antigua. The farm is at the base of the sweeping ascent to the peak of Volcan de Fuego, with coffee grown between 1220 and 1500 meters. Much of the farm is set aside as natural forest. The rampant roya in the region has been addressed through localized treatment, pruning of shade trees, and dramatic pruning of every 3rd row of coffee trees to limit humidity and shade. Neighboring farms are decimated by Roya, and the trees look like leafless sticks, whereas Candelaria is thriving. The farm is still very traditional in most ways, using a shading of Grevillea and Inga trees, and processing using the typical wet-process fermentation method.
Another great early crop Guatemala, when fresh Centrals are pretty tough to come by. The dry fragrance has honey and raw sugar smells in the ground coffee, a sweet smell of dried wildflowers too. The wet aromatics have an intensity to the sweetness, honey and wheat, and a spiced hazelnut note - City+ roasts have an especially alluring aroma with suggestions of cane juice and blackberry tea. The cup has a clean brightness to it, with mild citrus acidity which shifts toward malic/pear tartness in the finish. It has a hefty honey and sugar caramelization sweetness, and a nice red apple flavor. Deeper roasts harness a balance between sweet milk chocolate and acidity, which remained intact in a Full City roast. A great option for both brewed coffee as well as a sweet, chocolatey espresso.