Guatemala Huehuetenango Rio Azul SHB EP is sourced from four-hundred family owned farms located within the municipality of Huehuetenango in the department of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. On average, producers cultivate coffee on 2 acres of land intercropped with corn and beans produced for their own consumption.
The producers have very little infrastructure to process their own coffee so they have partnered with an export company called Unitrade Coffee, which has a centrally located wet mill in Huehuetenango where producers can deliver their cherry. In addition to supporting coffee producers improve their access to international markets.
Unitrade established an organization called CoffeeCare (focused on education, nutrition, and health) to ensure that producers have healthy places to send their children to learn, grow and play while they are harvesting coffee.
Tasting Notes: Clean and rich with a sweet edge, medium bodied with a little winey acidity upfront. A nice medium roast gives great balance between a sweet floral and mild chocolaty tone; gives off almost a little caramel if you hit the roast right (city + with some setup). As the roast gets darker, the chocolaty factors turn more into a semi-sweet malty tone with far reduced acidity, a little floral but mostly in the aromatics right around 2nd crack but just a hint.
Roasting Notes: A nice medium to dark roast is the way to go for this bean. Too light and it gets a little grassy. A quicker roast is nice for it will be slightly sweeter.