Guatemala Finca San Francisco Tecuamburro 2009-2010


Bean name Guatemala Finca San Francisco Tecuamburro 2009-2010
Country Guatemala
Region Fraijanes Region
Other info Catuai, Caturra and Bourbon


In January 2007, we went on a buying trip to Guatemala, partly to visit farms that we already buy coffee from and also to find some new people and new farms in order to bring you more great coffee. This was one of the farms we visited, and here is the new season coffee.

This was the last farm that we visited in a very busy week. I was exhausted and not as exited as usual about this visit, but the farm managed to enthuse me so much. The location is very isolated around three quarters of an hour in a pick up truck from the nearest main road - in this case, I use the term 'main' in the loosest possible terms - and is located in the crater of the dormant volcano Tecuamburro. When you arrive it's like another world and a truly memorable place. Take a look at our photos at the link here. I was also given a chance to pick some coffee whilst there, which was an experience all of its own. The farmer, Sergio, and his wife were just lovely, lovely people and the most perfect of hosts.

But let's not forget the coffee, all of this is pointless if the coffee isn't good, and it is, even when I arrived home and cupped it again without the romance and the warm climate it was still amazing.

In the cup expect smooth milk chocolate body (almost creamy) with amazing fruit complexity for a single origin. I guess this can be put down to the mix of Catuai, Caturra and Bourbon that make it just perfect for the espresso machine. The mid-palate is this bright lemon rind that catches you by surprise, then it goes back to the sweet milk and creamy chocolate. This is an amazing single estate filter but don't under estimate the complexity of it as an espresso.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 8/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 8/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 94

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