Nice balance between sweet and bittersweet, caramelized sugar notes, almond skins, very juicy with tea-like acidity. Thick body, especially at FC roast level, with a nice, creamy mouthfeel and surprising zesty lemon-laced brightness. It's definitely a crowd-pleaser and does well under a very wide range of roasts. Full City is ideal.
La Florencia is classified being in the Fraijanes coffee growing region, but more specifically it is on the fringe of this zone in Santa Elena Barrias. It is perched high above Lake Amatitlan, with stunning views of the volcanos that ring the lake. 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. La Florencia is a 6th generation farm in the same family. Much of Florencia features Bourbon seedstock, the type that originated on the island of Bourbon (now Reunion), named for the royal family of France at the time. The other primary type of coffee is Caturra, which is actually a cultivated offspring of Bourbon. In the past we have offered cultivar separations of one or the other type from Florencia, but this year it is an estate blend of the two, for little other reason than that is what we were offered by Gerardo Flores, the owner.
The dry fragrance at City+ roast has nut, maple and toffee, with a dark honey and granola scent. A little darker and the fragrance reminds me of malted milk chocolate balls. In the wet aromatics as well as the cup, there's a sweet and straightforward nut and chocolate scent that is classic Guatemala in character. As suggested by the aromatics, milk chocolate, nut and caramel-maple are the prime cup attributes, but Florencia is also pleasantly fruited with golden raisin and dried apricot. The coffee strikes a nice balance between sweet and bittersweet, as initial caramelized sugar notes fade to pleasantly bittering chocolate and almond skins. This is a very juicy coffee with tea-like acidity. The body is opaque, thick, especially at FC roast level, with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. Florencia does quite well as SO espresso, displaying dense body, chocolate-caramel roast flavor, and a surprising zesty lemon-laced brightness. It's definitely a crowd-pleaser and does well under a very wide range of roasts. We found that Florencia brews even better than it cups - and it cupped very well.