Guatemala, Huehue Dulce Leonarda Estate > Dark Roast

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Guatemala, Huehue Dulce Leonarda Estate > Dark Roast

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Taste Notes:   Clean, smooth mouthfeel, nice syrupy sweetness, medium acidity, great body, notes of caramel, cocoa, lemony-citrus with some floral hints.
Region:   Huehuetenango             
Altitude:  
5,000-5,400ft                     
Varietal: 
Bourbon, Caturra, and Catuaí                   
Process: 
Washed

Guatemala Huehuetenango SHB “Dulce Leonarda” from the Gustavo Mauricio Tello family estate, located in the La Libertad region near the small village of La Mesilla, is an exclusive with our importer. Their opinion is that this is one of the top Guatemalan coffees currently available, and in the 10 years our importer has been carrying it, it has become a staple and a favorite. The cup is syrupy-sweet with subtle nuanced flavors, harkening back to the old days when Guats could be profoundly interesting and clean with a smooth mouthfeel, good acidity, great body and profound sweetness! There are hints of caramel, cocoa and tobacco, a nice lemony-citrus acidity and a lingering, floral finish. The estate’s farmlands cover roughly 590 acres and vary in elevation from 5,000 to 5,400 feet, making this a true SHB grade (Strictly Hard Bean) Guatemala arabica. The family produces an assortment of 100% shade grown Bourbon, Catuai and Caturra varietals. The cherries are handpicked and the family operate their own wet mill right at the farm. Parchment is transported to the exporters dry mill located in Escuintla, where it is brought down to its green state. Annual yield for the Dulce is only about 1,000 bags per year. For 10 years our importer has been honored to be the exclusive purveyor of this coffee, produced by this distinguished Gustavo Mauricio Tello family of coffee farmers.

Huehuetenango is one of Guatemala’s 22 departments and one of eight different coffee growing regions, as defined by Anacafé or the Asociación Nacional del Café, which was formed in 1960 to represent establish a national coffee brand and represent growers. The region shares part of its border with Mexico and occupies roughly 2,800 square miles of the country’s western highlands. The land is diverse in geography and climate, encompassing a wide variety of tropical lowlands and mountain peaks. Huehuetenango is home to over a million people, most of whom are craftsmen or farmers who produce a number of crops such as coffee, wheat, potatoes, sugarcane, tobacco and barley. Although coffee remains the strongest and most valuable crop, there is still room for economic improvement as there is a reportedly high occurrence of regional poverty. For our importer’s part they provide coffee premiums to the Dulce growers, and all their producing partners, that are well above market price or even Fair Trade recommendations.