Maravilla means "marvel" or "wonder", and it is: A vividly bright and lively cup with orange high notes, raisin, caramel apple, root beer, brown sugar, cranberry, almond. Berry notes in the dark roasts. Full City to Full City+.
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. Maravilla means "the marvel" or "the wonder" and it truly is. I remember when we first offered this estate coffee, it's nicely fruited flavors and citrus brightness. So after several years of hiatus, we restarted our relationship with the farm last year, and have the coffee again in 2010. I visited Maravilla earlier this season during a wet period when the rugged road up the farm was impassible by car so we hoofed it up the slippery rocks and muddy road-turned-river. I think of myself as a pretty rugged coffee traveler, but that hike really did me in! The farm is located in the La Libertad area of the state of Huehuetenango in Guatemala's north, quite near the well-known Finca El Injerto It 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; a slightly fruited cup and dynamic brightness.
The fragrance from the dry grounds has raisin-fruited notes accented with citrus, and dark-toned brown sugar sweetness. After adding hot water, the wet aromatics leap to life: a zest of orange, caramel apple sweetness, toffee and red grape. The cup flavors are equally dynamic. This coffee has an ebullient, lively brightness, sweet-fruited notes, and mild sweet chocolate-dipped nuts. The body is medium-to-light, which suits the spirited 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 Full City roast level there is a nice bittersweet root beer note that develops into soft mild chocolate flavor. As it cools there are slight almond nutty roast tones that come out, apple flavors, a hint of cranberry, 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 espresso shot I truly love because the coffee is so bright, but hear from a top barista that it can be fantastic.