Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown, Fully Washed
A more Delicious and Sustainable coffee will be hard to find!
This is a Guatemala Huehuetenango (HueHue for short) coffee produced by "ASOBAGRI" or The Asociacion Barillense de Agricultores cooperative, comprised of members from 30 small villages.
Grown at an altitude of over 5,000 ft., it is a 'true' Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) grade Guatemalan Arabica. See below for more about SHB coffee.
This is wonderful Guatemalan coffee with all the attributes for which we were searching, along with 3 sustainable certifications!
All of this, plus keen attention to responsible growing and cultivating practices have produced an impressive, well-certified coffee you are sure to enjoy.
General Flavor Observations
This Guatemalan HueHue is a wonderful medium bodied coffee with abundant notes of milk chocolate, caramel, and orange.
The aroma has an appealing caramel and vanilla; the mouth feel is solid and pleasing, with a mild nuttiness.
The crisp, fruity acidity gives way to a smooth and creamy finish.
Although not quite as heavy bodied as an Antigua, I found this to be an exceptionally consistent coffee with plenty of character and flavor.
If you are a fan of Guatemalan coffees and are seeking sustainability as well, then you will not be disappointed.
Roast Level Profile Notes
Our favorite roast level is solidly a Full City
We are always happy to accommodate any roast level you prefer.
The notes below illustrate how each roast level will alter the profile:
City Roast (light roast)
For those seeking to accentuate the brighter acidity and orange notes, this is the perfect choice.
Notes of graham cracker, caramel, and cocoa are quite noticeable in the overall cup profile, but the finish is what shines.
This light roast provides a very crisp and snappy acidity with plenty of orange and floral notes, a bit lighter body, and a clean, sweet finish.
Full City Roast (medium roast)
The best all around choice for balance and attributes.
Not influenced by caramelized sugar, this medium roast will provide a very smooth medium bodied experience.
The coffee surrounds the palate well with milk chocolate and notes of caramel and nuts. On the high end, the acidity is bright with orange but gives way to a soft creamy finish.
As the cup cools, the fruit and floral notes will heighten.
Full City (+) Roast
Looking for more body and a bolder cup? This is your choice!
The mouth-feel will be juicier with dark chocolate and toffee tones.
The acidity is tempered giving a perception of increased depth. The finish is silky smooth, with orange highlights.
This is the darkest roast we can recommend. Dark chocolate abounds, with a thicker, richer body, but at the sacrifice of some of the brighter and higher toned nuances. Still, a good choice for after dinner or to serve with sweets.
"ASOBAGRI" or The Asociacion Barillense de Agricultores was founded in 1989 by 20 Mayan coffee and cardamom farmers.
It currently has more than 1,200 cooperative members. The members of ASOBAGRI are from approximately 30 small villages in the Huehuetenango region, surrounded by the Cuchumantanes Mountains and the Maxbal Forest Reserve.
This coffee is shade grown under guava, plantain and banana trees. ASOBAGRI promotes sustainable agriculture by training its farmers in organic production methods, and they continue to reinvest in their infrastructure while exploring new quality control measures through financing and operating their own warehouses and drying patios.
- Origin: Guatemala
- Region: Huehuetenango
- Traceable: ASOBAGRI
- Processing Method: Fully Washed
- Drying: Patio and solar dried machine
- Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra
- Growing Altitude: 5,414 feet