Hoja Blanca shows golden raisin and malic brightness in a hot cup, making way for blackberry juice flavor as it cools. So much mixed berry flavor along the roast spectrum, and a syrupy sweetness hangs on long into the finish. City+ to Full City. Good for espresso.
This is a blend of two very special farms in the Hoja Blanca sub-region of Huehuetenango - Finca El Regalito and Boqueroncito. These farms are owned and operated by the Villatoro family, Aurelio overseeing the wet mill where these coffees are processed, and Antonio, his nephew, specifically looks after both of the farms (that's them in the first photo). We like these coffees, and go through quite a lot of samples of daily process batches from these farms to select the ones that have the best qualities the farm has to offer. Usually we keep them separated by farm, but in this particular round of samples, the offers were so small that we just bulked them together. The farms are situated in a valley between two steep mountain sides, providing perfect topography for growing coffee, and ideal shade provision from the surrounding natural forest. In this area coffee tops out about 1750 meters due to the colder climate here.
"Hoja Blanca" is one complex cup. It's the kind of coffee you put in front of someone who thinks all coffees taste the same. The dry grounds only hint at what's to come in the cup, sweet fruit jams and caramelizing sugars. Once the hot water is poured, and intoxicating aroma of cooked fruits and berry-maple syrup rises in the steam, so juicy and sweet. City+ roasts have a delicate chamomile tea smell too, that offers a touch of floral complexity. A brewed cup shows golden raisin and malic brightness when hot, and eludes at the fruited profile that comes with a cool cup. At City+, this coffee has such a convincing flavor of blackberry juice, pectin sweet and slightly puckering. The sweetness is quite syrupy, and feels like it coats your mouth, hanging on long into the finish. Full City roasts still harness much of the mixed-berry profile, but bringing with it a chocolate confectionary quality too.