Classic Guatemala with a balance of brightness, sweetness, and bittering roast notes. Malic acidity compliments a caramel sweetness in light roasts and deeper roasts bolster burned sugars, becoming pungent, and going long in the finish. Fruited aspects emerge in the cooled cup. SO espresso. City+ to Full City+.
This is a special small lot of Yellow Bourbon variety coffee from Finca San Diego Buena Vista. Bourbon coffees are named after an island in the Indian Ocean where French colonists originally grew it, now called Reunion, and this type ripens to a yellow color, not red. Sometimes we find the yellow types to have better sweetness in the cup. (The cherries themselves measure higher sugar content on the Brix scale when I have checked). But the difference between yellow and red varieties usually comes down the the farm conditions, how well they are picked and processed, and not some essential aspect of the fruit skin color. In this case, this small lot receives a lot of care, and we pay a special price for it as well. I have visited this farm and as always am impressed with their practices, the way they have separated all the cultivars on the farm, and the beautiful condition of the mill. When I was there, all the harvest was in, and they were reconditioning the mill, replacing bearings, cleaning and painting. Reinvestment and pride are always good signs at a mill! The mill is a vintage one, but the care is evident at every turn. Due to the limited nature, this coffee is offered in 1 LB and 2 LB quantities only.
The dry fragrance of the this Yellow Bourbon micro-lot is caramelly sweet, with butter-praline nut and pear-like fruit hint. The wet aromatics has an intensified sweetness of Creme Caramel, melted butter with brown sugar, and a bit of baked apple. The cup is a classic Guatemala with a balance of brightness, sweetness, and bittering roast notes. The acidity is malic (apple-like) and compliments with caramel sweetness at City+ roast. Darker roast levels have more of a burned sugar taste, increasingly pungent but also coming out very refined and sweet in the long aftertaste. There are mild sweet-lemon citric flavors as the cup cools, caramel-butter popcorn at City roast level, and darker fruit notes (purple grape juice) at the Full City level.