Date, currant, golden raisin, white peach, nectarine - this lot is definitely more fruited than last year's. These fruits provide amazing flavor and the clean, crisp finish adds an overall elegance to the cup profile. This coffee is very sweet, all the way through to the long aftertaste which is like caramel and raw almond. This will work great as a SO espresso too. City+ to Full City.
El Regalito is a newer farm in the region of Cuilco, Huehuetenango, that has come up from the hard work and supervision of the Villatoro family who are 2nd and 3rd generation coffee farmers. Regalito means "little gift." This particular farm is focused on "specialty" coffees, which is due in part to the prime conditions of Regalito's locale. The farm is situated in a valley between two steep mountain sides, providing perfect topography for growing coffee, and ideal shade provision from the surrounding natural forest. El Regalito is planted with a mix of Caturra and Bourbon varietals, and the altitude varies between 1,300 to just under 1,700 masl.
Aromatically, this lot from Regalito has a great mix of dry fruits and developed sugar sweetness. Grinding the coffee brings about a smell of dried apple and honey. Baking spices linger, especially in dark roasts, developing notes of clove and cinnamon. The wet grounds have a scent of vanilla and caramel, as well as an allusion to chamomile tea in the steam. This provides an accurate glimpse into the cup profile, with fruits building in the cooling cup. Date, currant, and golden begin to emerge. It has clean, crisp acidity that adds elegance. This coffee is very sweet, all the way through to the long aftertaste which is like caramel and toasted almond. Full City roasts retain much of the fruited profile found in lighter roasts, but with an accompanying flavor of dark chocolate. This is the kind of solid Guatemalan coffee that's not only "approachable", but "preferable" (to me)! This will work great as a SO espresso too.