Guatemala El Bosque Amatitlan Red Bourbon 2011-2012


Bean name Guatemala El Bosque Amatitlan Red Bourbon 2011-2012
Country Guatemala
Region Near Guatemala City
Other info Varietal: Red Bourbon


A staple, a huge, special coffee we love very much and we are pleased ot see it back for its 5th season, a massive coffee.

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 as 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 the standards of the growing and milling, and you can really tell in the cup. During another visit in 2009, I got talking to Francisco about the Bourbon and 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 in the specific Red Bourbon varietal only.

Julian Flores founded Finca El Bosque in 1932. The 14-hectare extension of land was planted out with Bourbon varietal coffee and grew over the next few years with the purchase of additional land. Julian Flores died in 1947 and his only son, José Eladio Flores, then continued in his father’s footsteps. 1n 1970, Jose bought another 23 hectares planting the same Bourbon coffee varietal. Since his death in 1996, a third generation is now in 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. Now the third generation has taken care to innovate and build a plant for processing the cherry inline with strict environmental guidelines. They have also diversified into growing other plants for local consumption such as avocado, roses, lemons as well as a new grass innovation.

El Bosque farm is located near the capital Guatemala City on a hillside running parallel and a way off from the main road. It may, in future, be jeopardized by urban development but since we have been working with El Bosque prices and returns for the farm have made it a much better going concern and the brothers are very motivated.

This coffee is a world exclusive, we buy every single Bourbon bean from this farm. Sure other people sell the inferior (for our tastes) blended mix from El Bosque, but we are the only people you can get this coffee from.

Expect sweetness, smooth milk chocolate with a grape acidity that's very pleasing, with hints of of cherry and apple with a spciy blast on the back end. Delicious espresso, delightful brewed coffee and a real all rounder.

Roasting Information:
Medium dark roast, first few pops into second crack, no further than say 10-20 seconds. Oils begining to show.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Milk Chocolate, Grapes, Cherry, Apple, Spice.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 92

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