Juicy brewed cup, dried apple and black currant accents, Asian pear, syrupy sweetness, and malic brightness. So versatile, and develops high chocolate with development. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.
Familia Recinos live and produces coffee in the aptly named El Paraiso (Paradise) area of Huehuetenango. This lush valley boasts a dramatic landscape of jutting cliffs, and seemingly endless green as far as you can see. Farmers in the region, like Recinos, grow coffee on small parcels of land often adjacent to where they live - in many cases less than a hectare of coffee. Bourbon and Caturra are dominant varietals, but you'll see the occasional Typica tree mixed in. Processing is handled locally, pulping the coffee and then laying it out to dry on concrete patios. The dry parchment coffee is transported to Bella Vista in Antigua where it is sorted, dry milled, and prepped for export. They are part of our Proyecto Xinabajul an ongoing project we've been working on with the help of a Guatemalan intermediary, in order to identify great coffees in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, rewarding the farmers financially for their quality lots, whereas before they may have been paid flat rates regardless of quality.
A coffee with wonderful sweetness, buttery and raw sugar smells, and sweet fruit accents gracing both light and dark roast levels. City roasts are heavily weighted in honey to nougat sweetness, developed sugar smells engulfing subtle dry fruit accents. Our Full City roast smells bold, with berry syrup and a toasty caramelizing sugar smells coming up from the ground coffee. The nose on the wet aroma has a maple like sweetness, and with berry notes; not fresh fruit per se, but like fruit reductions with sugar. Familia Recinos is a juicy cup from City to Full City roast range, weighty in mouthfeel. The sweetness goes from buttery caramel corn to raw honey, showing a range of layered unrefined sugars as the cup cools. Accent notes of dried apple, black currant, and the nutty-sweetness that you sometimes find in Asian pears highlight light roasts. Acidity is like pear too, malic in nature, and adding structure to the cup. Our Full City roast showed surprising balance, syrupy sweet up front, flavors fading to 70% cacao bar in the long aftertaste. This lot from Familia Recinos is extremely versatile in the roaster, and expect sweetness and acidity across the roast spectrum, shifting fruited accents, and cacao roast tones that build with development. This is a near-perfect single origin espresso too, chewy chocolate taffy flavor through and through, with a subtle plum and candied citrus accent notes, and opaque viscocity.