||Guatemala Los Jocotales Natural Red Bourbon 2017
||Varietal: Red Catuai
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 has owned the farm for just over 50 years, working the land and selling the cherry along as a commodity coffee because they have no mill with which to process their 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 you could see how excited he was, and you 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 this is a really creamy coffee, and that creaminess increases as it cools, double cream everywhere! And what goes well with cream? Strawberries! Overall this coffee makes me think of a pink fondant fancies.
City: Ciudad Vieja
Farm: Los Jocotales
Farmer: Alex Illescas
Altitude: 1,400 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Red Catuai
Processing System: Honey
Medium Dark - just up to the start of second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide
Creamy, double cream, strawberry, pink fondant fancies.
Note: Cupping Scores for Sweetness & Flavour are actually 6.5 each, not as above (software limitation, allows whole numbers only)
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