Guatemalan

Guatemala Antigua Pastoral

£4.00 / BERRY, CHOCOLATE, NUTS

Tasting Notes

Moderate acidity, full body, complex flavour with berry, chocolate and nutty notes.

Process

Washed

Roast Level

Medium


Description

West of the ancient city of Antigua, in a valley between three volcanos, a 500 strong cooperative of small planters grow Guatemala’s finest coffee. Pastoral is the most distinguished of the Bourbon coffee strain that was introduced by the French in the early 1800’s. The coffee is grown under a dense canopy of shade in 65% year round humidity – perfect conditions for speciality cultivation.

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Guatemala Antigua Fact Sheet

Origin Location Climate and Humidity Soil Elevation Characteristics Strain Notes
Antigua, Guatemala-

a small region located around the historic colonial capital city of Antigua, produces some of the most sought after coffee in the world.

Central America Light frequent rainfall and strong sunshine. Grown under a dense canopy of shade. Rich and volcanic,  enriched with nitrogen from frequent volcanic eruptions 4000-5000 feet Full, Attractive, spicy, Complete, Balanced Bourbon – Sweet, complex and delicate, this is the pinot noir of coffee. Around every 30 years the area around Antigua is subject to serious volcanic eruptions which provide additional nitrogen to the already rich soil.

A small region located around the historic colonial capital city of Antigua, Guatemala produces some of the most sought after coffee in the world. Its geography means that this area provides ideal growing conditions for the desi arable Arabica strain of the coffea plant. These include:

  • A warm and humid tropical climate
  • Frequent rainfall with dry periods
  • Forest and other vegetation to provide shade, high altitude (which slows down the growth of the coffee cherries allowing acidity and enhanced flavours to develop)
  • Amazingly rich volcanic soil, added to by frequent volcanic eruptions. Great, nutrient packed soil is formed by the breakdown and erosion of rocks. This is why volcanic areas, where molten rock from the earth’s core is brought to the surface, are ideal for growing coffee. The unique mix of nutrients and minerals in soil has a meaningful, though complex, impact on the flavour of the coffee bean.
  • Sloped incline which means that the coffee plant is well drained

 

This coffee is made up of beans that have been processed using the following method:

Washed

This process results in a coffee that is cleaner, brighter, and fruitier. In this Guatemala Antigua this method may be partly responsible for the fruity berry notes of flavour.

 

Roast Style

The Guatemala Antigua is roasted medium-dark. This level of roast preserves some of the varietal character of the bean ( full, attractive, spicy, winey, complete, balanced) whilst still developing flavours of sweet chocolate and nuttiness. The coffee maintains moderate acidity.

 

Tasting Notes

Moderate acidity, full body, complex flavour with berry, chocolate and nutty notes.

Additional information

Size

150g, 1k

Grind

Espresso, Medium Ground, Wholebean

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