The growing region of Huehuetenango (pronounced way-way-tenango) is on the border of Mexico and is some of our favorite Central American coffee because of its chocolate and nutty tastes. This one is from a co-op called ASOBAGRI which has been in existence for 30 years and teaches farmers sustainable organic growing practices, bird-friendly practices, and provides village farmers with purpose and opportunity. Co-ops such as this help farmers band together, gets them Fair Trade and Organic certifications, and helps them get their coffee to the global market.
This has the chocolate-nutty taste that you would expect, but also comes with creamy sweetness and a hint of fruit. It is really such a nice flavor to find in a coffee.
I roast it exactly 15 seconds past the first snap of the 2nd cracks. I wouldn't take it much darker than that because it will start to taste thin and bitter; but in slightly lighter roasts (not quite to 2nd cracks, for example), you get a little bit of fruity/winey tastes that complement it very nicely. However, you have to be careful taking it lighter as it is likely to taste grassy and vegetal if you don't get it pretty close to the 2nd cracks.
US Arrival July 2021