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Guatemala Finca La Florencia 100% Bourbon 2009

A balanced Bourbon-cultivar flavor profile, with rounded mouthfeel, almond and chocolate roast notes, mild tangerine brightness, malt and caramel, with floral traces as the cup cools. Great as SO espresso. City+ to Full City.
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  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate No
Region Central America
Grade SHB
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 16-17 Screen
Roast Recommendations Medium intensity/Bourbon-character, balance, dense bodyCity+ to Full City is recommended, but the fact is this coffee takes a wide range of roasts and performs well no matter what.
Weight 1 LB
Recommended for Espresso Yes
La Florencia is in the Fraijanes region, located in the highlands above Lake Amatitlan, in sight of the capital Guatemala City. Much of Fraijanes is becoming suburbs of the capital, and coffee farms are becoming subdivided for housing. Still, the coffee tradition runs deep here, and some farms grow, harvest and mill their coffee as their grandparents (and oftentimes as the grandparent's grandparents) did long ago. It's a 6th generation farm in the same family! Finca La Florencia features pure Bourbon seedstock, they tyep that originated on the island of Bourbon (now Reunion), named for the royal family of France at the time. It's an ideal coffee for high altitude cultivation, and results in dense physical structure of the coffee seed. This is great for roasting, as it promotes even heat transfer, and less damage to the bean structure. Bourbon coffees tend to have a "classic" Central American cup profile, balanced, very balanced, dense body, proportional bright notes, sweetness. La Florencia delivers all those things. The dry fragrance at City + roast (coffee has a wrinkled surface texture still, with dark creases) is caramel and cocoa all over, with a bit of maple granola scent. With a little more roast, it reminds me of chocolate wafer cookies. In the wet aromatics, the sweetness is amplified, and some muted fruits are present behind layers of chocolate. This cup has such a classic, balanced character, I can see myself enjoying it without much thought except "wow, that's a nice coffee!" It's definitely a crowd-pleaser and does well under a very wide range of roasts. There is a mild citrus brightness, tangerine-like, nested in almond and chocolate roast tones. The body is creamy, dense, thick. As it cools, the brightness is more apparent and the cup seems more dimensional, and a floral essence emerges: honeysuckle flower. The finish has aromatic wood hints, traces of walnut. It's a solid cup, and the Bourbon character is fully expressed in it. As you would anticipate from a balanced Bourbon coffee, it does quite well as SO espresso, displaying dense body, chocolate-caramel roast flavor, and zesty lemon-laced brightness.