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Balanced when roasting medium to dark, notes of brown sugar and molasses offset bittering "coffee" character and cocoa roast tone. Big body and brooding chocolate at Full City and beyond. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||La Libertad, Huehuetenango|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||July 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra, Typica|
|Appearance||.5 d/300 gr, 15-17 screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
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 1500 meters, and are planted in a mix of cultivars, Bourbon, Caturra, Typica varietals mixed in. Wet processing is handled locally, and then the coffee is patio dried, before being transported down to a dry mill in Huehuetenango town where the parchment layer is removed, the coffee sorted, and prepped for export. We spent many hours at the cupping table sorting through small producer lots from the region in order to piece this lot together.
This second lot from La Libertad region is in line with the previous, a solid core bittersweetness easily developed when roasting to medium and dark roast levels. The fragrance and aroma are characterized by smells of toasted sugars, dry roasted nuts, and dark cocoa powder. City+ roasts offer a broad range of raw sugar flavors in the brewed coffee, brown sugar and molasses come to mind, along with a sugary nut flavor note that's like butter pecan ice cream. These sweet, sugary flavors help to offset the bittering "coffee" character at the core of La Libertad, and together construct a balanced brew. There is a cocoa powder note too that follows through to the finish, and comes through loud and clear in Full City and Full City+ roasts. No matter where your roast winds up, La Libertad is a bodied coffee with the weight of apple juice, and acidic impressions are present without being the coffee's focal point. My Full City+ roast made a bittersweet espresso shot that's sure to function well as a cappuccino base.