Guatemala Baquelito El Roblar Washed Pacamara 2018


Bean name Guatemala Baquelito El Roblar Washed Pacamara 2018
Country #SSSSS Limited Editions 2018
Region Alta Verapaz / Cobán
Other info Varietal: Pacamara


Number 11 of 12, November 2018, in the #SSSSS 2018 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.

This month it's: Guatemala Baquelito El Roblar Washed Pacamara 2018

Welcome to your penultimate SSSSS of 2018! November’s here and the nights are drawing in, it’s cold, it’s wet...but at least we have delicious coffee to warm us up : )

It’s always hard to start your day in the morning gloom, so this month I’m going for a fantastic breakfast coffee. It’ll be no surprise to you that my drink of choice first thing! But for lots of people it’s a glass of orange juice – so I thought why not give you both! From my first sip, this month’s coffee made me think of OJ – it’s sweet, it’s thick and it’s zingy.

This mixed up wake up comes courtesy of Juan Carlos Estevez and his farm Baquelito in Guatemala.

Baquelito is in the Alta Verapaz region of Guatemala, also called Cobán. This is North of Guatemala City and is an area known for producing coffee and cardamom. It’s subtropical forests get rain year round – usually around 3,000mm a year. The only place in the UK with that much rain is North West Scotland and little old Stafford gets less than 1,000mm a year!

Being wet can bring lots of challenges to growing good coffee, but Juan Carlos is a fifth generation coffee farmer, so it’s no surprise he knows how to cope with it and thrive. His family took over Baquelito in 1976 and in the 90s Juan Carlos got involved. Over the years he’s steadily developed the farm, planting new varietals, protecting the forest and improving the infrastructure and processes.

Of course, this is my Super Secret Stash (shhhh!!!), so this isn’t just any lot from this great farm – it’s a super tiny microlot. From the El Roblar section of the farm, it’s a washed Pacamara. Pacamara is a varietal with a good pedigree in Guatemala and this is no exception.

In the cup this is sweet, fresh orange juice. There’s a shoulder of pomegranate mixed in and a little apricot too as it cools. In the finish, that orange juice is joined by lime zest.

Country: Guatemala
Region: Alta Verapaz / Cobán
Producers: Juan Carlos Estevez
Farm: Baquelito
Altitude: 1000 – 1450 m.a.s.l.
Varieties: Pacamara
Processing system: Washed

Sorry for another month where there aren't any pictures, it's a farm I have visited but apparently didn't snap any pics, bad Steve!!

Stephen Leighton

"Quick Look" Guide:
Orange juice, pomegranate, apricot, lime zest.

Cupping notes

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