Guatemala Huehuetenango Xinabajul Producers

Caramel to pungent molasses sweetness balances bittersweet cacao bar and cocoa butter flavors. Apple highlights and a bittersweet finish. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
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86.5
  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Central America
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Patio Sun-dried
Arrival date Aug 17 2015
Lot size 9bags/boxes
Bag size 46.00kg
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra, Typica
Grade SHB
Appearance .4 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City find the most balance of sweetness/bittersweetness. Full City+ works well too, introducing heavy roast tones.
Weight 1 LB
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.
Our lightest roasts (City) lacked the balance found at City+ and Full City, and so the review is tailored to the latter two roast levels. City+ roasts smell of roasted almond and butter toffee, the dry grounds showing a sweet-to-bittersweet side. Full City roasts are bittersweet, but with more of a cocoa and burned sugar concoction. Adding hot water brings up a complex muscovado sugar smell, as well as a sweet cocoa-butter aroma. The cup has unique flavor components of unrefined sugars and nut, a really nice 'drinking coffee' in the middle to dark roast levels. There's a lighter caramel-like sweetness at City+ that shifts much more toward pungent molasses at Full City. A crisp apple note highlights the cup, and the finish is rounded out with a pleasantly bittersweet cacao bar flavor. This is a perfect option for single origin espresso too.