Roasted almond drizzled with buttery caramel, baking spice flecks, and a dried apple accent note. Subtle fruited brightness offers contrast, and body is silky. Great option for milk drinks. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||Peña Blanca, Huehuetenango|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||October 2017 Arrival|
|Cultivar Detail||Bourbon, Caturra, Typica|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
"Pequeños de Peña" refers to the small farmers we are buying from in the area of Peña Blanca. This sub-municipality of La Libertad, is perched high in the mountainous region of Huehuetenango, many farms reaching as high as 2000 meters above sea level. This coffee comes to us through a joint-effort of a local micro-mill owner who is able to process and separate the micro-lots we approve, and a highly sophisticated dry-mill who handle the finishing touches and export the coffees for us. It helps us greatly to enlist local support, folks who not only know the land but also the local farmers. We put in quite a bit of work ourselves, tasting many rounds of samples in order to identify the premium-level coffees, as well as make several trips to the area each year meeting with farmers and collecting information. This coffee represents the harvest of a single-producer, and a whopping 900 LBS in total. This is part of our "Proyecto Xinabajul" in Huehuetenango, which you can read an in-depth and detailed description of the <a href="http://www.sweetmarias.com/library/content/guatemala-proyecto-xinabajul" target="_blank">HERE</a>.
This sweet smelling coffee shows prized characteristics in the aromatic profile. The dry fragrance at City+ produces raw sugar and cinnamon stick suggestions, with an overlay of caramel crumble. The wet grounds are rife with caramelized sugar smells, the pungency that comes with burning sugar in a pan, and a butterscotch top note lets off in the steam when breaking through the crust. At City+ the brewed coffee has weighty body like warm milk, flavors of roasted almond drizzled with buttery caramel, and baking spice flecks as well as a corn syrup flavor highlight the finish. A dried apple note accents the sweet cup, a nice counterpoint to base bittersweet flavors as the coffee temperature cools. I don't characterize this coffee as 'bright', but was impressed with a subtle impression of fruited brightness in my City+ roasts. Full City roasts are much more bittersweet, base flavors a cross between caramel candies and high % dark chocolate bar, and make an excellent espresso, as well as present a nice option for those who enjoy coffee milk drinks (would make an excellent café au lait).