Xinabajul Tres Fincas is a very versatile coffee, showing best as a brewed coffee in the CIty+ roast range. A bodied cup, one with heavy sugar browning and cocoa notes, and a mild, malic acidity. City+ to Full City+. Single Origin Espresso.
Xinabajul is the name of the original Huehuetenango town, and this coffee comes from three small-holder farmers in the greater department of Huehue. That's where the name comes from, "Tres Fincas", coffees from three farms too small to feature on their own, but that cupped very nice as one lot blended together. The producers for this lot come from small towns of Hoja Blanca, Cerro Verde, and San Isidro - all three areas we've combed trying to find pockets of top tier coffees. The small coffee producers in this area had few options when selling their coffee locally; they could take it to the large mills down at lower elevations and get paid the going rate, or they could sell it to "coyotes" who drive the dirt roads in their trucks paying cash for coffee. Neither offered any extra price for quality, even though the coffees were grown higher and tended with greater care than the big farms down at lower elevations. We partnered with local coffee people to offer higher prices if the farmers could meet our quality expectations in the cup, and this lot is testament to that success. Given that the localities where we are buying coffee are little more than extended family groups, we have found if we involve a brother or sister, they will tell all their coffee-farming kin and soon we have a network of farmers interested in our project. We wrote an in-depth and detailed description of the project as well.
This lot of Xinabajul has a sweet date and raisin smell in the dry fragrance, surrounded by a scent brown sugar and roasted almonds. The wet aromatics come alive, the crust smelling of fresh baked caramel cookies and dried cherry, and Full City roasts have a smell of black walnut and cocoa on the break. The cup sticks close to the aromatic profile, highlighted by caramel and butterscotch sweetness, praline nut, and a nice flavor of Dutch cocoa. City roasts are mostly in the middle of this description, heavy on the candied nut flavor. City+ starts to see a boost in body and flavor, with the richness of high % dark chocolate emerging and a bolstered body. Acidity is malic - a bit mild, but present. A hefty brewed coffee, and functions great through the espresso machine - bodied, dark chocolate, and sweet sweet finish.