||Guatemala Finca Ciudad Vieja Natural Yellow Caturra 2015
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2015
||Varietal: Yellow Caturra
Number 12 of 12, December 2015, in the #SSSSS - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this golden ticket!
From Mr. Stephen Leighton! I shake you warmly by the hand! For now, I do invite you to partake in my super secret stash subscription!
I, Stephen Leighton curate a spectacular selection of secret coffees that rarely see the light of day, however throughout 2015 I wish to share some of them with a select few of my beloved customers.
These coffees will not be available on my website or from anywhere except within the super secret stash subscription!
Now you must visit http://go.hasbean.co.uk/sssss to discover more. Until then,
Guatemala Finca Ciudad Vieja Natural Yellow Caturra 2015
SO! WELL THEN! OH MY! THIS IS THE END! BYEEEEEEE!
Can't be bothered to type a big long email about coffee right now, it's the last one y'know? It's been a long year, last one out turn off the lights & make sure the door's shut?
J/K my friends, j/k. I wouldn't do that to you! But what I say is true, this is the end, the 12th and final bag of #SSSSS was roasted today and is now in the hands of Royal Mail heading towards you! Little early this month to make sure they get to you in good time, thought the postal system may break a little with Black Friday (sigh) and you'll all be expecting this coffee to arrive Tuesday so roast + post today will hopefully make sure that's the longest it'll take, fingers crossed with you super soon.
So for the FINAL TIME we jump aboard the good ship #SSSSS for a tasty and delicious coffee that money can't buy, well...money did buy you this coffee but if you weren't a super cool #SSSSS subscriber you wouldn't be getting any, you know what I mean!
To Guatemala we go to see Alex Illescas at Finca Ciudad Vieja.
Finca Ciudad Vieja is located in a region well known for some of the most interesting coffees and also some of the most renowned coffees in Guatemala, Antigua.
It's grown by Alex Illescas, on his his grandfather's farm. His grandfather has owned the farm for just over 50 years, working the land and selling the cherry along as a commodity coffee as they have no mill with which to process their own coffee. The farm is located at 1,400 meters above sea level in the Guatemalan department of Sacatepéquez.
Alex had an idea that he wants to produce amazing, interesting, and challenging coffee for the specialty market. So with the blessing of his grandfather and help from his uncle, he used the farm to experiment with varietals and processing methods to see what might improve cup quality.
When I visited Alex you could see how excited he was, and 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, it's even better.
Aaaaaaaaand for the last time, what does it taste like Steve?
In the cup this is all mashed up banana - but a sweet, soft, bruised and brown one. There's a boozy edge to it, before taking a turn into dried fruit on the aftertaste - raisins, sultanas and yes, those little bits of dried banana too.
• Country: Guatemala
• Region: Antigua
• Department: Sacatepéquez
• Municipality: Ciudad Vieja
• Farm: Finca Ciudad Vieja
• Farmer: Alex Illescas
• Altitude: 1,400 m.a.s.l.
• Varietal: Yellow Caturra
• Processing System: Natural
You know I love social media, you know the drill...post about this and hashtag things up with #SSSSS, if you don't hashtag how will I know? If you don't post on social media about the coffee you're drinking did you even drink it?! I don't think so.
HA you thought I was going to leave without talking about something BIG didn't you?! DIDN'T YOU!
Bet you're wondering about next year aren't you? Yeah you are. Well wonder no more my friends, it is with super duper great amazingly huge pleasure that I can announce #SSSSS is going to be a thing again in 2016 : D I've still got a little work to do on details but you'll be able to get onboard in early December, there will be limited places and they'll be offered to you lovely lot before everyone else, will ping you all a message with a link so you can dive onto the places first : )
It's been a fun crazy tasty delicious amazing journey over the past year and I've thoroughly enjoyed myself, I hope you have too! A massive THANK YOU from me for everything #SSSSS this year, super excited for #SSSSS2016!
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