Pecan, red apple and butterscotch
This is a micro-region specific lot that was collected from smallholder producers around San Jose Poaquil in the Chimaltenango region in central Guatemala. Poaquil is a little known region in Guatemala, sandwiched between some of the origin's most famous coffee names: Acatenango, Atitlan and Antigua. Located in the state of Chimaltenango but close to the border of Quiche, the language spoken by most producers is K'ach'ikel. This, coupled with the remoteness and challenging terrain has meant Poaquil has often been forsaken by coffee buyers, even in the specialty world.
But Poaquil has some of the best potential in the country. Growing altitudes range up to 2,200masl - exceptional elevations rarely seen in coffee production. With altitude comes complexity and sparkling acidity, and these attributes are on full display with this microlot.
Our import partner Olam penned this "Selección Poaquil is our first love letter to this region, combining coffee from smallholders cultivating the varieties of Typica, Catuai, Caturra and Pache to capture the quintessential flavour of the region: brilliant acidity, juicy apples, red and black fruits"
They're not wrong. Clean and juicy Braeburn apple crisp acidity with a sweet pecan nutty body and a lingering butterscotch finish. Perhaps a little fresh raspberry in the mix too. All in all an easy drinking every day delicious coffee.