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Guatemala Antigua - Los Volcanes

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Guatemala Antigua - Los Volcanes

Fully Washed, Sun Dried, Premium Antigua

Sweet, Great Body, Milk Chocolate, Toffee

This is an impressive blend of Premium coffees from two family-owned farms located near the city of Antigua estates, and developed by Los Volcanes.
The farms are between volcanoes named Agua (water) and Fuego (fire) within the department of Sacatepequez, Guatemala.

The coffee is grown under a canopy of grevillea trees and native shade trees called chalum (ingas).
It is also graded as Strictly Hard Bean (SHB), meaning it is grown at an altitude of over 5,000 ft. (See below for more about SHB coffee).

Gautemalan Antigua Volcanes - Guatemalan coffee at its best!

General Flavor Observations
Guatemala Antigua - Los Volcanes

This Guatemalan Antigua offers an incredibly smooth, sweet cup, with plenty of milk chocolate.
The mouth-feel is round and silky, and gives way to a clean, bright finish with accents of orange.
The body is above average, and will present itself as medium to full, depending on the roast level.

No matter which roast level you choose, this wonderful Guatemala Antigua - Los Volcanes is sure to provide plenty of flavor and character, in a full, round, satisfying cup.

Roast Level Profile Notes
Guatemala Antigua - Los Volcanes

I recommend our Full City Roast for this coffee to appreciate all of the nuances and characteristics in the profile.
However, it does extremely well across all of our Roast Levels.
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 brighter, more citrusy cup, then choose this roast.
Notes of Graham cracker, raw sugar and a nice nuttiness in the cup are perfectly matched by a crisp, orangey 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 roast level to experience all the complexities between a light and dark roast.
A full, round body, milk chocolate, toffee, sweet, and smooth.
The finish is crisp with subtle notes of orange. Fantastic!

Full City (+) Roast

This is the roast level where you pick up more prominent notes of chocolate and juiciness.
The mouth-feel is velvety, and the body is heavy. The finish is long lasting with a well tempered acidity.
Notes of Toffee with a rolling sweetness are definitely still present but the chocolate notes are at the forefront. Silky smooth!

Vienna Roast

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

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 Antigua - Los Volcanes

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.

Los Volcanes is a tight-knit processing and exporting team with many years of expertise in agronomy, processing, cuppers, roasters, exporters, relationship managers, and educators.
The founding team at Los Volcanes is known for breaking down a single farm's harvest into hundreds of data points (compost formulas, genetics, shade variance, picking rates, fermentation times and temperatures, drying styles, and on and on) and re-building custom-tailored harvesting systems for farm managers based on their experience and cupping acumen.<

What does all this mean? - A superior Guatemalan Coffee!!
  • Country: Guatemala
  • Region: Antigua
  • Traceable: Finca Covadonga, Finca La Guadalupe
  • Elevation: 5,413 - 6,397 ft.
  • Process: Fully Washed
  • Drying: Sun Dried on patios
  • Grade: SHB
  • Arabica Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai

5 Stars
Light, but not Less
I recently and reluctantly agreed to start drinking a light roast coffee, which I expected to taste like ditch water. But following Joe's wise description reviews I have now found two that I would label unexpectedly exceptional. His recent offerings from Guatemala and Bolivia have not disappointed. To the contrary, they are both wonderfully rich and flavorful.... yes, even at the City roast. My preferred method of brewing is pour-over. If you decide you want/need to go light, it's nice to know you don't have to compromise taste or quality. Thanks again Joe!
Reviewed by:  from Edneyville, NC.
5 Stars
Excellent for an espresso at the full city + level. Chocolate and Velvet for sure!
Reviewed by:  from Philly.
5 Stars
The Guatemalan is exceptional!

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

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