||Guatemala El Bosque Amatitlan Washed Red Bourbon 2017
||Aldea Loma Larga Mountains, Amatitlán
||Variety: Red Bourbon
Bosque is a huge, special coffee that I love very much, and I'm super pleased to see back for a whopping 12th season!
I already loved this coffee before I got to try it at El Bosque. I mean that I was truly blown away with how good it tasted. However, my first visit to the farm in January 2007 made me love it some more, because I got to meet the fantastic people behind the coffee.
Don Roberto and his two brothers have tried to move away from generic commercial coffee by raising their growing and milling standards, and you can really tell this in the cup. During another visit in 2009, I got talking to Francisco about the Bourbon, and I asked if it would it be possible to split the red and yellow beans to compare the results. Of course, I could only really ask them to do this for me if we bought all of the coffee, and we were delighted to do so. Nowhere else in the world will you be able to try this famous coffee using just the specific Red Bourbon varietal.
Julian Flores founded Finca El Bosque in 1932. The fourteen-hectare extension of land was planted out with Bourbon varietal coffee, and the farm grew over the next few years with the purchase of additional land. Julian Flores died in 1947 and his only son, José Eladio Flores, continued in his father’s footsteps. In 1970, José bought another 23 hectares and planted the same Bourbon coffee varietal. Since his death in 1996, a third generation has taken charge under the direction of José’s widow, Martha Stalla, and their sons Julio, José, Francisco and Mario.
The first two generations cultivated and sold coffee in cherry form only. Now the third generation has taken care to innovate, and they have built a plant for processing the cherries in line with strict environmental guidelines. They have also diversified into growing other plants for local consumption such as avocados, roses and lemons, as well as growing a new grass innovation.
The El Bosque farm is located on a hillside running parallel to and a way off from the main road near the capital, Guatemala city. It may be jeopardised by urban development in future but, during the time we have been working with El Bosque, prices and returns for the farm have made it a much higher concern for the brothers, and they are very motivated.
In the cup expect a chocolate covered toffee, green apple and a hint of white grape. With every sip you’ll enjoy the smooth mouthfeel and there's a delicate white wine finish.
Region: Aldea Loma Larga Mountains, Amatitlán
City: Municipality of Villa Canales
Farm: El Bosque
Farmer: Flores family
Farm size: 37 hectares
Coffee growing area: 14 hectares
Altitude: 1,400–1,645 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Red Bourbon
Processing system: Washed
Medium dark - looking for the very first pops of second crack on the drop.
"Quick Look" Guide
Chocolate, toffee, green apple, white grape, white wine.
Note: Cupping Scores for Sweetness, Acidity, Flavour & Overall are actually 6.5 each, not as above (software limitation, allows whole numbers only)
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