Guatemala Antigua La Pastoria

Guatemala Antigua La Pastoria

From Finca La Pastoria (Estate of Pasture). I don't have a lot of this one, but I'm glad I have what I do of it. This is an estate-grown coffee, high up in the region of Antigua, and it has the classic milk chocolate, floral, citrus, bright attributes of a high quality Antigua. This one should be roasted light to medium. I would recommend that you NOT take it into the second cracks. Antigua is perhaps the most famous coffee growing region in the country and has a great reputation all over the world for its coffee. Antigua is near the center of the country, just outside the capital of Guatemala City.

I aim for a middle ground right between the first and second cracks. So on my drum roaster, I'm taking it about 45 seconds past the end of the 1st cracks, but still about a minute away from the second cracks beginning. At this level, I taste milk chocolate covered oranges. Creamy and complex. Sweet aftertaste. Take it a little bit lighter to bring out more floral, and take it a little bit darker to bring out more chocolate, but somewhere right around there is going to be your sweet spot for this bean.

At first, I thought I didn't like this coffee, but then I discovered I was just trying to roast it too dark. If you keep it out of the second cracks, it is fantastic!!