Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul Mecanica Doce

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul Mecanica Doce

Farm Description

The sign for "Mecanica Doce" is a welcome sight when arriving in the town of Huehuetenango, a landmark of sorts for us as it's the neighboring business to the home of Don Villatoro, one of the intermediaries we work closely with, who connects us with many of the small farmers we buy from in the highlands. He's one of several Villatoro's we buy coffee from, the brothers growing some of the top tier in the region. A good portion of this lot came from Aler, whose coffee we recently sold on it's own as "Peña Blanca -Señor Aler". He has two farms in Peña Blanca, La Libertad, both sitting around 1700 meters, and working their way up toward 1850 meters above sea level. This coffee comes to us through a joint-effort of a local micro-mill owner who is able to process and separate the micro-lots we approve, and a highly sophisticated dry-mill who handle the finishing touches and export the coffees for us. It's also part of our "Proyecto Xinabajul" small holder project in the region, which you can read more about HERE.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Another lovely small lot of coffee from the Villatoro family, this time under the "Mecanica Doce" moniker, and only 1500 lbs in total. The dry grounds of City roasts have a sweet caramel smell, roasted almond, and honey. Our Full City roast smelled like butter rum lifesavers (I don't think they make these anymore?), and a subtle berry accent. Breaking the wet crust your greeted with a sweetness of toffee-shelled candies, and the berry and dark sugar smells culminate in a likeness of blueberry pancakes with syrup. The cup of City+ roasts shows amazing sweetness, fruit pectin sugars and unexpected flavor of spiced plum jam. Fruit and tea notes build in the cooling cup, and a compact flavor of chocolate and berry is quite complimentary. The acidity level is high for Guatemala (but don't expect Kenya levels!), and very present on into Full City roast. Our Full City roast tasted incredible, loaded with sweet dark fruits like ripe blueberry and with the subtle tartness of berry skins, and finishing with a dark hue of roasted cacao nib bittersweetness. A really special brewed Guatemala coffee and great as SO espresso, with extraction accentuating bold chocolate notes, candied sweetness, and a tart-berry brightness.

Score

89

Lot Size

15 x 46 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City/City+ will yield brightest cups, and Full City more dark fruit centered. Impressive cup all the way up to 2nd snaps of Full City+.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Bourbon     Caturra     Typica    

Grade & Appearance

SHB; .6 d/300gr, 15 - 17 screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Mecanica Doce - the one and only! (at least on this block)

Group pic of Aler and several other Villatoro's, along with neighboring Peña Blanca producers

Ripening cherry on the Peña Blanca hillside

 

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