Classic: La Basa
Variety: Caturra, Bourbon
Origin: Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Producers: Aurelio Villatoro
La Basa is the name of a lot of coffee from Aurelio Villatoro's Finca La Esperanza farm in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. If the name sounds familiar - it is! We've featured coffees from Mr. Villatoro before, including an eponymous lot from Finca La Esperanza, but this is a separate lot of bourbon and caturra from this season's harvest that we just can't get enough of. Many of the coffees from Mr. Villatoro are brighter and more fruit forward, which might be why this coffee stood out on the cupping table: quality consistent with Villatoro lots, but a different flavor profile.
This coffee is primarily rich and grounded, with a dark chocolate note that rings true throughout. Some toffee-like sweetness punches up the flavor and prevents any bitterness, and a hint of cherry notes gives the cup just a slight edge. On the whole, this is a robust coffee that makes a smooth-sipping brew, and we think it'll be a reliable favorite for members that prefer the richer sider of the flavor spectrum. Enjoy!