Xinabajul is the name of the original Huehuetenango town, and this coffee comes from small-holder farmers in the greater department of Huehue. Specifically, this small lot is a blend of a small producers in the Santa Barbara and Union Cantinil micro regions. The small coffee producers in this area had few options when selling their coffee locally; they could take it to the large mills down at lower elevations and get paid the going rate, or they could sell it to "coyotes" who drive the dirt roads in their trucks paying cash for coffee. Neither offered any extra price for quality, even though the coffees were grown higher and tended with greater care than the big farms down at lower elevations. We partnered with local coffee people to offer higher prices if the farmers could meet our quality expectations in the cup, and this lot is testament to that success. Given that the localities where we are buying coffee are little more than extended family groups, we have found if we involve a brother or sister, they will tell all their coffee-farming kin and soon we have a network of farmers interested in our project. We wrote an in-depth and detailed description of the project as well.This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.
City+ roasts have a toffee and fruit sweetness in the dry grounds, like buttery toffee candy and dried green apple. Adding hot water brings up a concoction of sugar and nut tones as well, a mixture that brings to mind pistachio torrone candy, with underlying fruited smells that crop up in higher volume than in the ground coffee. Fruit flavor characteristics peak when brewing, City roasts proving to be quite winey in a Pinot Grigio kind of way, tart green grape, nectarine, and a slight citrus note. Wine-like characteristics are toned down quite a bit with heavier roasting, and Full City roasts have notes of high % cacao bar infused with flavors of red grape, and berry jam. Xinabajul Producers is a crisp coffee in terms of acidity, an apple note offering subtle vibrance at the top of our City roast. Xinabajul Producers is a uniquely fruited Guatemalan coffee, and with a level of sweetness that holds up at the darker end of the roast spectrum.
August 2017 Arrival
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