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Guatemala - Dulce Leonarda

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Guatemala - Dulce Leonarda

Family Estate, Shade Grown, Hand Picked, Washed

Syrupy Body, Cocoa, Tobacco, Lots of Character

We are very excited about this lot of Guatemala Dulce Leonardo.
It comes exclusively from the Gustavo Mauricio Tello Family Estate located near the small village of La Mesilla.

The farm is about 590 acres, and they only produce about 1,000 bags of this coffee per annum.
It is 100% Shade Grown and all the coffee cherries are picked by hand.

Guatemala Dulce Leonarda coffee is a Huehuetenango (HueHue for short) grown at an altitude of over 5,000 ft., so it is a true Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) grade Guatemalan Arabica. See below for more about SHB coffee.

I have tried a lot of Guatemalan coffees over the years and without a doubt, this is one of the finest!

General Flavor Observations
Guatemala - Dulce Leonarda

The aroma of this HueHue while brewing was amazing; notes of chocolate, some spice, and maybe floral tones. However, what I found interesting was it created a great expectancy for that first sip!
I wasn't disappointed. The first word out of my mouth was, literally, "Wow"!

There was an unexpected complexity to the cup; kind of spicy, but not earthy like a Sumatra; a syrupy mouth-feel and really full body.
I detected notes of tobacco and cedar (probably where the spice came from), along with cocoa and caramel (at Full City Roast).
The finish was lingering and sweet, with just a hint of, perhaps, lemony citrus.

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, Guatemala - Dulce Leonarda is sure to provide plenty of flavor and character, in a full, round, satisfying cup.
Guatemala - Dulce Leonarda also makes for a fantastic Single Origin Espresso.

Roast Level Profile Notes
Guatemala - Dulce Leonarda

It was really close choosing my preferred roast level.
I kept going back and forth between Full City vs Full City (+).
In the end, I decided on Full City because I found more complexity at this roast level.

We are always happy to accommodate any roast level you prefer.
The notes below illustrate how the various roast levels will change the flavor 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 nice nuttiness in the cup are perfectly matched by a crisper, lemony acidity. Notes of cocoa nibs and a caramel sweetness are also present. This is a great choice for those who prefer a lighter roast.

Full City Roast (medium roast) - Preferred

This is the roast level that elicited the "Wow!"; all the complexities between a light and dark roast are here. A full, round body, tobacco, caramel sweetness, smooth, nutty chocolate, and cedar spiciness are paired with a finish that offers a surprisingly soft acidity with mild hints of lemon. Wow!!

Full City (+) Roast

This is the roast level where you pick up more prominent notes of cocoa and juiciness. The mouth-fell is velvety, and the body is heavy. Tobacco and spice are still present but chocolate is at the forefront. The finish is sweet and long lasting with a well tempered acidity. Silky smooth!

Vienna Roast

A Vienna Roast will provide a more focused flavor profile that is centered around bittersweet chocolate and a deep, rich body. Tobacco and spice are present, with a more pointed and lingering finish with a sweetness that is akin to molasses.

French Roast

This coffee can handle it! If you love deep, full-bodied French Roast coffees that retain complexity, you won't be disappointed!

Additional Information
Guatemala - Dulce Leonarda

Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) coffees are particularly sought after because these extreme elevations cause a slower development of the coffee while nutrient concentrations in the soil impart a much higher quality in terms of flavor.
These higher elevations also mean the crop yield is lower, and it is more labor-intensive to grow, harvest, and transport the coffee. However, the prices garnered for these SHB coffees is due to the coffee's outstanding quality, and not it's production.

The coffee premiums paid to the Dulce Leonarda growers are well above market price or even Fair Trade recommendations!

Huehuetenango is one of Guatemala’s 22 departments and one of eight different coffee growing regions in Guatemala.
The region shares part of its border with Mexico and occupies roughly 2,800 square miles of the country’s Western Highlands. The land is diverse in geography and climate, encompassing a wide variety of tropical lowlands and mountain peaks.
  • Country: Guatemala
  • Region: Huehuetenango
  • Traceable: Gustavo Mauricio Tello family estate
  • Elevation: 5,000 - 5,400 ft.
  • Process: Washed
  • Drying: Sun Dried on patios
  • Grade: SHB
  • Arabica Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai

5 Stars
Excellent for an espresso at the full city + level. Chocolate and Velvet for sure!
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5 Stars
The Guatemalan is exceptional!

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