Guatemala Los Jocotales Natural Red Bourbon

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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 pink fondant fancies.

£5.60

DETAILS

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.

The coffee is produced by Alex Illescas, and he grows it on his grandfather's farm. His grandfather owned the farm for just over 50 years, working the land and selling the cherry along as a commodity coffee because he had no mill with which to process his 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 I could see how excited he was, and I 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 pink fondant fancies.

  • Country: Guatemala
  • Region: Antigua
  • Department: Sacatepéquez
  • City: Ciudad Vieja
  • Farm: Los Jocotales
  • Farmer: Alex Illescas
  • Altitude: 1,400 m.a.s.l.
  • Variety: Red Catuai
  • Processing system: Honey

CUPPING NOTES

Creamy, double cream, strawberry, pink fondant fancies.

Clean cup: (1–8): 6
Sweetness: (18): 6.5
Acidity: (18): 6
Mouthfeel: (18): 8
Flavour: (18): 6.5
Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
Balance: (18): 7
Overall: (18): 7
Correction: (+36): +36

Total: (max. 100): 89

Roasting Information
Medium dark just up to the start of second crack.

"Quick Look" Guide
Creamy, double cream, strawberry, pink fondant fancies.

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creamy, double cream, pink fondant fancies, strawberry,