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Guatemala Huehuetenango "Quetzal Azul"

A classic, acidic Huehue flavor profile with berry accents and mild floral aromatics. City to Full City+
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  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate No
Region Central America
Grade SHB
Appearance 0 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City - Full City+: The coffee works at all roast levels, but with proper rest the complexity is at it's acme a bit lighter.
Weight 1 LB
This is a lot put together by a cupper in Guatemala, Roberto Stahl, of excellent SHB (strictly hard bean) Huehuetenango coffees. Quetzal Azul is a brand, referring to the national bird of Guatemala. The bad part of buying a coffee like this is I don't have access to good information about the farms that contributed to the lot, cultivar, altitude etc. In a way, Buying a coffee like this is anathema to what we do at Sweet Maria's. We want to trace great coffee to the farm, and develop transparent relations (we are calling it Farm Gate Coffee now, our form of direct trade, but we have always been doing it). But the fact is, I can't pass on a great cup! And Quetzal Azul is that. The dry fragrance is sweet and balanced between roast notes and slight floral qualities: it's like a toned-down San Jose Ocana. You can tell they are similar in other ways, despite being from different regions. They both have alot of Bourbon coffee, and they are both very high-grown and dense. The small rounded beans resist expansion in the roaster, staying tightly shut and well-formed through 1st crack. There is a floral dimension to this cup that elevates it above other Guatemala coffees. You can trace it from the dry fragrance through the wet aromatics, and into the cup flavors and aftertaste. In addition to floral fragrance, there is also a dark sweet berry, and brown sugar sweetness. The cup has all the above mentioned qualities, and a nice bittersweet chocolate finish that adds dimension to the cup. As it cools, there is a syrupy sweetness that emerges, and a touch of stone fruits (plum, nectarine). This is a coffee that you would call "well structured" in it's flavor profile.