Acatenango is one of the under appreciated growing regions of Guatemala. It has always been overshadowed by nearby Antigua, and in fact many Acatenango coffees were sold as Antigua lots for many years. In mill-mark Antiguas, this is still the case, since farmers who sell cherries or the collectors who round it up and bring it to the mill rarely respect such boundaries. But Acatenango coffees come from some of the most beautiful farms I have seen in Guatemala, and San Diego Buena Vista is a case in point. I have visited this farm and was impressed with their practices, the way they have separated all the cultivars on the farm, and the beautiful condition of the mill. When I was there, all the harvest was in, and they were reconditioning the mill, replacing bearings, cleaning and painting. Reinvestment and pride are always good signs at a mill! Cleanliness doesn't hurt either, and the SDBV mill, while quite old, was beautiful, even down to the flowers rimming the office alongside the drying patio.This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.
San Diego Buena Vista has a balanced and well-structured flavor profile that makes for a 'classic' Guatemalan coffee. The dry fragrance of the SDVB is restrained and sweet, with notes of demerara sugar and shortbread cookie. There's a refined sweetness that builds momentum when adding hot water, and light roasts have allusions to berry jam. The wet aromatics of dark roasts also share a pectin sweetness but more in the dark chocolate matrix. At City+, the cup has a fairly straight forward brown sugar and almond flavor - think toffee covered almond. It has a nice dark chocolate flavor too, that's most like high % cacao bar. It's a great relationship between sweetness and bittersweetness, striking a nice balance in the cup. There's a citrus element too, but more like citrus zest in the finish, and not so much the 'juicy' aspect. The cooling cup shows a bit of raisin, but overall, this coffee is less about fruits and most about structured sweetness and definition. As espresso, this one's a killer - dark cacao, candied nut, and citrus oil. Nice.
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