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Guatemalan Huehue - Cafe de la Paz

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Guatemala Huehuetenango - Café de la Paz

Family Estate, Washed, Sun Dried on Patios, Hand Sorted

Heavy Body, Chocolate, Almond, Toffee, Dried Fruit

From the isolated Arenas family farm located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, we are happy to present this wonderful Huehuetenango coffee (HueHue for short)!

The family coffee farm, Finca La Perla, was founded in 1895 by the Arenas Family and is located in the La Quiche department of Guatemala.
This coffee is known today as 'Café de la Paz,'" or Coffee of Peace; see Additional Information below for more details.

This lot of Huehuetenango has two interesting classifications: SHB (Strictly Hard Bean) which specifies that the coffee was grown at an altitude above 4,429 feet, and EP (European Preparation) which means that the green coffee was sorted by hand to remove any defects.

General Flavor Observations
Guatemala HueHue - Café de la Paz

In most cases, when we think of HueHue coffees, we think lighter body, delicate fruits and brighter acidity.
Well, this incredible HueHue is definitely not that coffee. This, along with the interesting back story, is what captured my interest.
This Huehuetenango coffee is a very full-bodied (I would even say heavy bodied) with notes of Toffee, Almonds, and Dried Fruit. The finish is deep and Chocolaty.

In truth, it is more reminiscent of a Guatemalan Antigua than most HueHue's I have tried.
This is precisely what makes this such a different and wonderful treat!

No matter which roast level you choose, this Antigua will offer you a coffee with a big mouth-feel, plenty of flavor, and a full, round, satisfying cup.
Our Huehuetenango Café de la Paz is also fantastic as a Single Origin Espresso.

Roast Level Profile Notes
Guatemala HueHue - Café de la Paz

It was a close call choosing my preferred roast level for this unique HueHue.
I kept going back and forth between Full City vs Full City (+).
In the end, I decided on Full City because I liked the subtle nuances that showed through.

We are always happy to accommodate any roast level you prefer.
The notes below illustrate how the various roast levels will change the profile:

City Roast (light roast)

If you are seeking a more traditional Huehuetenango profile, then choose this roast. Notes of Graham cracker, raw sugar and almonds in the cup are perfectly matched by a snappy acidity with tangerine on the finish. Chocolate tones are present, but milder.

Full City Roast (medium roast) - Preferred

This is the roast level that sold me; all the nuances between a light and dark roast are here, coupled with a formidably full body. Sweet, smooth, nutty chocolate, and toffee paired with a finish that offers a surprisingly soft acidity with notes of orange. Yum!!

Full City (+) Roast

Here is where we pick up the more prominent chocolate tones and juiciness. The mouth-fell is quite velvety and the body is heavy. Dark chocolate is the theme here along with a maple syrup sweetness, tempered acidity (orange is still present), and a silky smooth finish.

Vienna Roast

A Vienna Roast will provide a more focused flavor profile that is centered around bittersweet chocolate and a deep, deep body. You will lose most of the fruit highlights, but gain a more pointed and lingering finish with a sweetness that is akin to molasses.

French Roast

Well, it can handle it! Did I mention dark chocolate and syrupy heavy body? Well here you go!

Additional Information
Guatemala HueHue - Café de la Paz

La Quiche (where Finca La Perla is located) was one of the most affected regions during the Guatemalan Civil War from 1960 - 1996.
La Perla (which means "Sleeping Woman" in Mayan) and the Arenas family are well known for supporting the people in the area during this difficult period.
The family helped the people and refugees by providing work at the estate, health care, shelter, re-building, resettlement, and more.

Today, the Arenas brothers remain active in the push for social and economic development for workers in Guatemala.
They support neighboring towns through health and social projects, and the implementation of free enterprise working environments within the region.

For good reason, this coffee is known today as "Café de la Paz," or Coffee of Peace.
  • Country: Guatemala
  • Region: Huehuetenango
  • Sub-Region: Quiche, Chajul, La Perla
  • Traceable: Finca La Perla, Single Estate, Ricardo Arenas
  • Elevation: 4,429 ft.
  • Process: Fully Washed,Traditional wet mill with fermentation
  • Drying: Sun Dried on patios
  • Grade: SHB EP
  • Arabica Variety: Bourbon, Caturra

5 Stars
The Guatemalan is exceptional!

Well, actually, they all are!! Regards, Bill
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