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Crowd pleasing, balance of unrefined sugars, mild bittering tones and soft apple-like acidity. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate chip, almond paste, and hazelnut spread. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||February 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||69 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Caturra, Bourbon, Typica|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Made up from coffees of several different farmers in Huabal District of Jaén Province, this 43 bag regional blend represents the coffees of many of the small holders in this region. Altitude averages around 1750 meters and cultivars grown are typically Caturra, with some Typica and Bourbon mixed in. This is a fully washed coffee, wet processed by the farmers who then deliver their coffee in dry parchment (the green bean with the thin parchment layer still intact) to a warehouse in Cajamarca where it is graded and purchased. The group who set up this buying operation are working to register all the farmers they buy from in order to help isolate different quality tiers, but also be able to issue the initial payments and any quality premiums themselves, something that was lacking when they were buying through more traditional avenues. It doesn't help that the roads leading to Huabal and within the district are much more rustic than some of their neighbors, limiting access to farmers in this region.
This blended lot from Huabal is a crowd pleasing coffee with a balance of sweet, unrefined sugars and mild cocoa bittering tones and a soft acidity that lends structure to the cup flavors. Look for smells of hazelnut chocolate and brown sugar in both the ground coffee and wet aroma. While on the mild side, City+ roasts show apple-like brightness that promotes balance and keeps the coffee from feeling limp. The flavor profile is simple and clean and these middle roasts give off notes of semi-sweet chocolate chip, almond paste, and hazelnut/chocolate spread (Nutella comes to mind). Enthusiasts of darker roasting should feel confident roasting this coffee into 2nd crack as it has enough inherent sweetness and body to show balance in darker roast territory.