||Guatemala Los Jocotales Natural Yellow Caturra 2017
||Varietal: Yellow Caturra
This coffee's farm is located in a region that is well known for some of the most interesting coffees – as well as some of the most renowned coffees – in Guatemala, Antigua.
It is produced by Alex Illescas, and he grows it on his grandfather's farm. His grandfather owned the farm for just over 50 years, working the land and selling the cherry along as a commodity coffee because he had no mill with which to process his own coffee. The farm is located at 1,400 metres above sea level in Ciudad Vieja.
Alex had an idea that he wanted to produce amazing, interesting and challenging coffee for the specialty market. So, with the blessing of his grandfather and with help from his uncle, he used the farm to experiment with varietals and processing methods to see what might improve cup quality. This coffee is the result of those experiments. It's dangerous to do something like this, so the lots are small – but they're large enough that this could have caused financial hardship if something had gone wrong. The lucky thing is that, in the cup, this gamble has really paid off.
When I visited Alex I could see how excited he was, and I could see how proud he was about the coffee. All the time I was there I was praying the coffee would be as good as the story, and I'm pleased to report that it's even better.
In the cup expect a boozy body that's like sherry mixed with cream. There is a candied lemon and white sugar sweetness, and it finishes off with blueberry muffin.
City: Cuidad Vieja
Farm: Los Jocotales
Farmer: Alex Illescas
Altitude: 1,400 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Yellow Caturra
Processing system: Natural
Medium dark – drop just as you reach second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide
Creamy, sherry, candied lemon, white sugar, blueberry muffin.
Note: Cupping Scores for Clean Cup, Acidity, Mouthfeel & Balance are actually 6.5 each, not as above (software limitation, allows whole numbers only)
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