This lot of Miriam Herrera reveals chocolate, dried apricot, golden raisin, honey, and brown sugar sweetness. Grape juice acidity, and floral top notes are apparent throughout. Darker roasts include plum, fresh fig, roasted nut, clove baking spices and full on chocolate sweetness. City to Full City. A delicious SO espresso.
This microlot was produced by Miriam Hererra in the La Libertad area of Huehuetenango. La Libertad is way up in the highlands, an area with starting altitude around 1500 meters - Miriam being located around 1700. Like many of the farms in this region, her farm is planted in a mix of Bourbon, Caturra and Typica shrub varietals. Processing is handled onsite wit ha small wet mill, and then the coffee is patio dried. Her coffee stood out on the cupping table, not once, but twice - we have another lot coming in a month or so. This is our first year having a microlot from Miriam's farm, and we feel very fortunate to have her as a part of our Proyecto Xinabajul. This is a total of 1100 LBS, and so we don't imagine it will last very long. But don't despair, a second small lot will be along shortly!
Aromatically, this coffee has a sweet 'nose' on it, with the dry grounds perfumed by smells of raisin and cinnamon, as well as essence of wild flowers. City+ roasts have lots of dried fruits (raisin, peach, apricot, date) and brown sugar, while Full City lands a bit more on the molasses sugar side of sweetness, with whole clove and other baking spices. Adding hot water brings up a sweet scent of peach preserves, along with more of the brown sugar sweetness found in the dry grounds. There's a 'buttery' note too that is released on the break lending itself to a concoction of butterscotch and roasted nut. This is one sweet cup, with flavors of bittersweet chocolate and dried fruits, and an acidity that shines. City/City+ roasts have golden raisin, dried apricot flavors, and with a rich, thick sweetness of honey and brown sugar. It's a 'highlight' Guatemala, floral top notes, and with acidity like grape juice, so apparent and integrated into the overall profile. Full City roasts have dark fruits like plum and fresh fig, and layered chocolate flavors help build out the middle as well as define the finish. At this deeper roast level the acidity continues to have a defined presence in the cup. Dark chocolate shifts to more Dutch cocoa flavors, lingering on in the aftertaste. This coffee from Miriam Hererra has a 'complete' profile, and makes such a pleasing cup of coffee. As a SO espresso it has bolstered chocolate notes, thick syrupy mouthfeel, and an intense sweet/bittersweet cocoa flavor in aftertaste.