Huehuetenango has some extraordinary coffee farms, and we have offered so many in the past: El Injerto, Huixoc, Injertal, and this one, Finca La Maravilla. I remember when we first offered this estate coffee, it's nicely fruited flavors and citrus brightness. So after several years of hiatus, we have it again, and it's every bit as good as the Maravilla of my memory. The farm is located very near El Injerto, in the La Libertad area of the state of Huehuetenango in Guatemala's north. The farm is owned by Mauricio Rosales and ranges from a very high 1500 meters all the way to 1850 meters. It is a bright coffee, a little lighter in body and less balanced perhaps than some of our other Guatemala offerings. But that is what makes it so special as well. The fragrance from the dry grounds has raisin and fig fruited notes, and a dark-toned sweetness. Adding hot water, the wet aromatics leap to life;
caramel apple, pecans, with a zest of orange and red grape. The cup flavors are outstanding: This coffee has an ebullient brightness, sweet fruited notes, mild sweet chocolate-dipped nuts. The body is medium-to-light, which suits the lively nature of this cup well. (Light body with a heavy, rustic earthy Sumatra flavor profile would be odd, but with a higher-toned, refreshing coffee is seems appropriate). At C+ roast there is a nice bittersweet root beer note that develops into soft mild chocolate flavor at Full City roast level. As it cools there are nutty roast tones that come out, apple flavors, with a lingering citrus acidic snap to the cup. At Full City levels I am able to coax some darker berry notes from the cup. I have yet to pull an SO shot but hear from a top barista that it can be fantastic, and will try as soon as my roasts are properly rested.