New 2022 crop!
Although many of our Guatemalan coffees end up coming from Huehue or Fraijanes (for its all about who you know, and we know some of the best in Huehue and Fraijanes), the region of Antigua is what made Guatemalan coffee famous. The most recognized of the Guatemalan regions producing premium coffee. Many would default to saying Antigua is the best… but those are also folks who don’t know our buddy Edwin from Finca Vista Hermosa in Huehue or the Prentice family behind Finca De Dios in Fraijanes. This is a lovely tasting and great example of Antigua coffee, well worthy of our list.
This cup comes from family-owned farms located near the city of Antigua between volcanoes named Agua (water) and Fuego (fire) within the department of Sacatepequez, Guatemala. Coffee produced in the Antigua region has a protected designation of origin (PDO) because of Antigua’s renowned coffee reputation. Coffee is traditionally grown in this region under a canopy of grevillea trees and native shade trees called chalum (ingas).
Tasting Notes: A great super fresh example of Antigua coffee, follows those wonderful floral versus chocolaty notes that made the region so famous. Medium roasts are recommended but good from light to dark. Lighter roasts will accentuate the lemony floral tones of the cup, the chocolaty factor will be just a hint but noticeable and smooth, a bit of nuttiness will linger in the aftertaste not present in further roast levels. Medium roasts are very clean and balanced – not too acidic, not too bitter – sweet edged and will have wonderful mix of tones. Darker roasts and smooth and semi-sweet, low acidity and very chocolaty.
Roasting Notes: Medium to dark roasts are where this bean will shine but clean enough to be tasty light to dark. Light roasts are just a bit sharp and don’t have time to develop those lovely chocolaty notes. Easy bean to roast and play around with.