Maravilla means "marvel" or "wonder", and it is: A vividly bright and lively cup with orange high notes, raisin, plum, chocolate, nutmeg, caramel apple, root beer, brown sugar, toasted almond. Berry notes in the dark roasts. City+ to Full City is ideal.
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 plum and raisin-fruited notes, and dark-toned brown sugar sweetness, and a slight miso soup savory scent. After adding hot water, the wet aromatics leap to life: a zest of orange citrus, caramel apple sweetness, toffee and purple grape. The cup flavors are equally dynamic. This coffee has an ebullient brightness, fruited notes, and the taste of chocolate-dipped nuts. The body is medium, which suits the nature of this cup well. At Full City roast level there is a nice bittersweet root beer note that develops, with soft chocolate flavor and hints of nutmeg. As it cools there are slight almond nutty roast tones that come out, raisin 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.