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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

Finca Dulce Leonardo - One of our favorite Guatemalan coffees is back!

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 coffee is enticing, with notes of chocolate, spice, and subtle floral tones which create an expectancy for that first sip.

I wasn't disappointed. There was an unexpected complexity to the cup in terms of spiciness, a syrupy mouth-feel and a nice, full body.
Notes of tobacco and cedar (where the spice comes from), along with cocoa and caramel.
The finish is lingering and sweet, with just a hint of lemony citrus.

I found Dulce Leonarda to be more reminiscent of Guatemalan Antigua than most HueHue's I have tried.
What a 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.

On a side note, I found this Dulce Leonarda 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 looking for a more traditional Huehuetenango profile, then choose this roast.
Notes of Graham cracker, raw sugar and a nice nuttiness in the cup are perfectly matched by a crisp, lemony acidity, balanced with notes of cocoa nibs and caramel sweetness.
This is a great choice for those who prefer a lighter roast.

Full City Roast (medium roast) - Preferred

This is the "wow" roast level; 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.
Fantastic!

Full City (+) Roast

This is the roast level where you pick up more prominent notes of cocoa and juiciness.
The mouth-feel 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

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 akin to a molasses-like sweetness.

French Roast

This coffee can handle it!
If you love deep, full-bodied French Roast coffees that retain complexity, This coffee can handle it.
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 are due to the coffee's outstanding quality, and not its 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
Delicious!
Excellent for an espresso at the full city + level. Chocolate and Velvet for sure!
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5 Stars
Exceptional!
The Guatemalan is exceptional!

Well, actually, they all are!! Regards, Bill
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Reviewed by:  from LA.
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