Honeyed sweetness, roasted nuts, and fruited top notes, this lot makes a great daily cup of coffee. Acidity is structured, slightly malic/green apple, and adds a nice dimension to the cup. Body is medium, and chocolate flavors build with roast. City+ to FC+. SO Espresso.
Each year we find new folks in Huehuetenango to buy coffee from, and sometimes we're lucky enough to find a whole family of coffee producers. The Castillos are such a family, and this lot is made up by Bernarda, whose farm is located in the Hoja Blanca area of Cuilco. Hoja Blanca is rife with coffee farmers, like many of these highland regions, and it's an area we've been buying coffee from now for some time, with Finca Regalito/Famila Villatoro being one of our longest interests. Her farm is situated between 1700 and 1800 meters, planted mostly in Caturra and Bourbon. Processing is handled onsite, the coffee is patio dried, and then trucked down to a dry-mill in Antigua. We're several years into our Proyecto Xinabajul, and we're pleased to offer the coffees from our newest members on their own, outside of a custom blend.
This coffee boasts a honeyed sweetness, pleasant nuttiness, and spiced top notes that make for a great daily cup. The dry fragrance has a honey covered almond scent, with hints of dried apple and powdered ginger. The wetted crust smells a bit like spiced oatmeal with brown sugar and apple, a nice fig bar accent released on the break. The cup has structured acidity, green apple in nature, and sits nicely atop toffee to honey sweetness. At City+ there's a nutty sweetness as the cup cools, pistachio ice cream, marzipan, those sorts of flavors. As you move through the cup, the finish is highlighted by a black currant note, then baker's cocoa flavor in the long aftertaste. At Full City, this coffee carries much more chocolate flavors, sweet and rich, and makes an amazing espresso option too: chocolate orange, tart lemon, and masala spice accent. Delicious!