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Carry on through with two new Guatemalan coffees

 (03/10/14)

Shopping around for a current-crop Guatemalan coffee that cups 'fresh' is a tall order this time of year. Until early harvested coffee arrives in Spring you're relegated to culling through Spot samples of what is soon to be less-than-fresh past crop. We cupped our few remaining lots - the latest arrivals from last year - and listed 10 bags of each of the two best coffees on Shrub. Both coffees are cupping very clean and sweet, and so we're happy to offer these two options to our customers in order to fill any gaps you might have on your menu until new crop lands down the road.

Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca Regalito has up-front caramel sweetness that settles into an apple/malic acidity. Our roast was just before hitting Full City, which allowed the acidity to shine.

Guatemala Patzun - Finca Santa Anita has raw honey aromatics and an intermingling of milk chocolate and caramel in the cup. We also roasted this to City+, which allowed for a nice balance between sweetness and acidity. Both coffees scored 87 on a blind cupping table.

There are a few 300 gram samples of each coffee available, which after they've sold will be disabled in order to give folks a fair shake at making final purchase decisions.