Atitlan is a lake in south central Guatemala in the Huehuetenango region. It is surrounded by volcanoes and mountains and produces some of the most interesting and flavorful coffee in the country.
We bought this Atitlan based on the advice of our buyer in Guatemala - a normally calm person - who tasted it and then called up overly excited. "You must by this $%&^ coffee, buy this #$%^ right now, you have to buy this @#$@#$@$ coffee."
"okay, okay, I'll buy it."
So ever since, we've been anticipating this shipment to find out if we were scammed or really had something special. So it finally arrived May 2016 and the good news is that the coffee is fantastic. Nice looking beans without much defects. Roasts easily and forgiving. Tastes like candied orange with milk chocolate sweetness. Not much acidity -- very smooth. Creamy mouthfeel. Lingering aftertaste but no earthiness. We are really happy with this coffee.
So to roast it, you have a range from Full City (maybe 30 seconds past the end of the 1st cracks) to Full City+ (just one or two snaps of the 2nd cracks). If you take it darker than that, it will burn and be unpleasant. Both Full City and Full City+ roasts have the orange and chocolate tastes, but the darker roasts will be creamier/chocolate and the lighter roasts will be more citrusy.
The Nueva Esperanza farm is a small family farm that is now being managed by its third generation of family members. They love coffee and have passion and experience to produce some of the country's best harvests. This year's is certainly a fine example of their efforts.
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