Guatemala Acatenango Finca San Diego Buena Vista
San Diego Buena Vista has a balanced and well-structured flavor profile that makes for a 'classic' Guatemalan coffee working exceptionally well for espresso too. Hints of brown sugar and almond, a spiced cinnamon and vanilla essence. As espresso, this one's a killer - dark cacao, candied nut, and light citrus oil.
Processing: Dry Process
Varietal: Hierloom Varietals
Acatenango is one of the under appreciated growing regions of Guatemala. It has always been overshadowed by nearby Antigua, and in fact many Acatenango coffees were sold as Antigua lots for many years. In mill-mark Antiguas, this is still the case, since farmers who sell cherries or the collectors who round it up and bring it to the mill rarely respect such boundaries. But Acatenango coffees come from some of the most beautiful farms I have seen in Guatemala, and San Diego Buena Vista is a case in point. I have visited this farm and was impressed with their practices, the way they have separated all the cultivars on the farm, and the beautiful condition of the mill. When I was there, all the harvest was in, and they were reconditioning the mill, replacing bearings, cleaning and painting. Reinvestment and pride are always good signs at a mill! Cleanliness doesn't hurt either, and the mill, while quite old, was beautiful, even down to the flowers rimming the office alongside the drying patio.
Description from Coffee Shrub.