Antiguan coffee somehow manages to fly under the radar with Guatemalan coffee enthusiasts. I honestly couldn't tell you why, I've never been disappointed with a coffee from Antigua and it consistently goes toe to toe with it's more popular neighboring region, Huehuetenango. Los Volcanes has also evolved significantly over the years focusing more and more on producing high quality offerings carefully selected and purpose blended to showcase the potential of the region. This coffee is the product of that evolution and we couldn't be more impressed with their work. It's got a rich, velvety (borderline buttery) texture with mild acidity. The flavors are bold and slightly complex with big notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, walnut and grape. Besides being a luxurious single origin brew or espresso, it is a staple blender for adding body and texture and depth to any blend.
Reminder! This coffee is raw, you must roast it before brewing
Arrival Date: May 13th, 2022
Acidity & Brightness: Mild acidity, fairly sweet
Balance & Finish: Slightly complex with a lingering pleasant finish
Body & Texture: Rich body and velvety texture
Flavors: Dark chocolate, walnut, brown sugar and grape.
Grade: SHB, grown at 1650-1950 masl
Processing: Fully Washed and sun dried
Grower: Finca Covadonga & Finca Guadalupe
Region: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez Department
Varieties: Bourbon, Caturra and Typica
Recommended Roast Range: Full City to Vienna (medium to dark)
Start with a Full City+ (Medium-dark), or at the very first snaps of 2nd crack. If you want to bring out a bit more acidity and grape, finish your roast before 2nd crack at Full City (Medium). This coffee will perform well at Vienna (dark), emphasizing more dark chocolate and brown sugar if you prefer.
Royal Coffee - "Guatemala’s best centralized wet mills and best boutique exporters are based in Antigua. There are thousands of farms in the area, from the city’s legacy estates to patchwork smallholder communities climbing most of the way up Volcán de Agua, one of three looming stratovolcanoes that seem to be visible from every street corner in town and play a large part in Antigua’s famous soil composition. Los Volcanes is a tight-knit processing and exporting team whose expertise in agronomy and processing is interwoven throughout Guatemala, thanks to their many years of experience as cuppers, roasters, exporters, relationship managers, and educators. Naturally, over time, Los Volcanes began to co-manage farms with their supplier partners. Finally, a few years ago they took over the operation of a large-scale wet mill outside of Antigua, complete with adjacent coffee farm, and moved their headquarters there from Guatemala City. They now centrally process cherry from dozens of select farms and smallholder communities, bringing their fermentation precision to an unprecedented scale, and building incredibly delicious, affordable macro lots that present refined terroirs and consistent preparation. This coffee is a hyper-selective blend of cherry from 2 local Antigua estates developed by Los Volcanes: Finca Covadonga is a 45 hectare farm located in San Juan del Obispo between 1650 – 1700 meters and whose bourbon and typica cherry is included here; Finca La Guadalupe is in nearby Santa Maria de Jesús, is a 130 hectare farm between 1700-1950 meters, and whose caturra is contributed to the final blend."