This is from a 20 bag microlot from Alotenango -- a micro-region within Antigua. I normally don't stock the Antiguas, but if I'm going to stock one, it is going to be the cream of the crop, so here is this year's selection for your enjoyment. It is Fair Trade and Organic certified peaberry from a handful of small producing farmers.
The varietals are of bourbon and caturra, shade grown at 5000-5500 feet.
The coffee is not a classic Antigua, and it does not have the bright acidity and citrus usually associated with this region. The coffee is incredibly aromatic and has several layers of complexity in the taste. Antigua is not a French Roast coffee. Don't quite take it to the 2nd cracks to enjoy the smoky chocolate notes and butterscotch and plum. If you take it lighter than that, you will get floral notes and thinner body, and I personally like it less, but that's where you get the most complexity. In lighter roasts, there is not any bitterness, but as you progressively roast it darker, you will start to find a little bitterness in the aftertaste. There is slight citrus and slight juiciness, but it is not the prominent attribute as it is in most antiguas.
USA arrival: July 2020