Tasting Notes: Plum, Chocolate, Caramel
Variety: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon
Origin: Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Producers: Genaro & Juan Vasquez
The Huehuetenango region of Guatemala consistently produces mind-blowing coffees thanks to the history and local tradition of caring for the land and producing crops with attention to quality over quantity. The various microclimates in Huehuetenango also allow for vastly different flavors to develop at farms in different parts of the region given their unique soil and growing conditions. This means every coffee we taste from Huehuetenango has the potential to be a new adventure, and the Vasquez brothers' Candelaria surprised us with its savory flavors. We typically see bright, fruit-forward, acidic coffees from Huehue and really like the change of flavor that this coffee supplies while still living up to the region's reputation for superior quality.
Candelaria's flavor profile is rooted in a sticky-sweet plum note and filled out by heavier notes of chocolate and caramel, making it the perfect candidate for our Classic series. These flavors mix together so smoothly and create a low-key, savory taste without becoming too muted at any point. It's not something we were expecting from a washed coffee out of Huehuetenango, but we're certainly happy we found it and even happier that we get to share it with the club. Let us know how you like it by leaving a comment below so we can keep sourcing coffees you love!