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.
City+ roasts have a buttery sweetness in the dry grounds, roasted almond and butter toffee, like almond brittle candy. Adding hot water brings up a concoction of sugar and nut tones as well, a mixture that brings to mind pistachio torrone candy. The cup has moderate sweetness in the middle roasts, flavor components of minimally refined sugars like turbinado/demerara, along with roasted almond lay out a nice base coffee flavor. Full City roasts shift toward pungent molasses, and the finish is marked by unsweetened cocoa powder making for a pleasant bittersweetness. Xinabajul Producers is a softer coffee in terms of acidity, an apple note offering subtle vibrance at the top of our City+ roast, then giving way to lasting base bittersweetness. Because of this, espresso shots of Full City and Full City+ roasts are sure to garner wide appeal, pushing syrupy dark chocolate flavors, creamy nut tones, and a delicate cinnamon stick accent in the long aftertaste.