Beautiful acidity at wide range of roasts, with raw sugar and bittersweet cocoa in balance, top notes of Lipton tea, apple juice, fig, plum, and structuring, tangy lemon acidity. A syrupy-sweet cup! City to Full City+. Incredible espresso.
This lot from the La Libertad region is a custom blend we put together from the coffees of small producers in the area. La Libertad is in the Huehuetenango Department, and already sits at a fairly high altitude of around 1500 meters. The farms making up this lot start at about 1700 meters, and are planted almost entirely in Bourbon, save a few Typica varietals mixed in. Production is handled locally at a small wet mill, and then the coffee is patio dried. The dry parchment is transported down to the much larger Bella Vista farm in Antigua where it is dry milled and prepped for export. We spent many hours at the cupping table sorting through small producer lots from the region in order to put this rather small lot together. It's a total of 17 x 46 KG bags, and will only be offered in 1, 2, and 5 LB increments.
This lot from La Libertad has a nice fragrance in the dry grounds, with golden raisin and toffee nut in lighter roasts, and molasses sugar in our Full City roast. We took this coffee to three different roast levels for this review: City, City+ and Full City. Full City roasts have a surprising dark fruited quality, rich cocoa and black currant smell in the wet aroma, plum pudding note on the break. City roasts are definitely the strongest scent of candied nut, while City+ strikes a nice balance between caramelized sugars, dried fruit, and black tea top notes. This aromatic profile transfers to the cup as well, the lighter roasts having layers of raw sugar sweetness and a Lipton tea-like top notes in the finish. It's a thick-bodied cup, like apple juice, and City+ pulls a cocoa-covered almond note into the picture. I really enjoy this coffee at Full City myself, with fig and plum flavors in the cup, along with syrupy dark chocolate bittersweetness. The level of acidity is also quite impressive, and shows as an articulated, tangy citrus 'zip', even at Full City. A wonderful cup in the middle to dark roast range, and FC and beyond roasts make incredibly inky shots of espresso, loads of bittersweet chocolate, and red berry highlights.