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.
This one is from an organic farm called Cerro Lancandon Chochajau sitting 4800 feet above sea level overlooking the beautiful Lake Atitlan.
Roasts easily and forgiving. You can get it a few degrees too light or a few degrees too dark and still have a great coffee. Tastes like dark chocolate with almond sweetness. Not much acidity -- very smooth. Caramel aroma. Nice thick mouthfeel. Lingering aftertaste but no earthiness. The nicest Guatemala we've seen so far this season.
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 chocolate tastes, but the darker roasts will be creamier/chocolate and the lighter roasts will be more citrusy.
The Chocajau farm has 27 farmers who take grade pride in their harvest and are well aware of its quality and value. They have passion and experience to produce some of the country's best harvests. This year's is certainly a fine example of their efforts.
USA Arrival May 2017
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