Tag: Huehuetenango

Spotted Cow Coffee Company // Sleigh Ride Christmas Blend

Spotted Cow Coffee Company // Sleigh Ride Christmas Blend

Spotted Cow Coffee Company is back at the Table with their take on the seasonal holiday blend, Sleigh Ride Christmas Blend. I’m presenting a lot of information in this post, so let’s get straight to it! Sleigh Ride is comprised of components from Tanzania, Guatemala, […]

Surly Brewing Company // Surly Coffee Bender

Surly Brewing Company // Surly Coffee Bender

Surly Coffee Bender is a coffee-infused American oatmeal brown ale collaboration from the folks at Surly Brewing. While I couldn’t find much about the background history of this beer, what went into making it, or the relationship between the brewery and the roastery, there really aren’t any huge secrets […]

REANIMATOR COFFEE // GUATEMALA FINCA SANTIAGO

REANIMATOR COFFEE // GUATEMALA FINCA SANTIAGO

TG-LAB is a Guatemalan owned and operated coffee laboratory that is solely dedicated to the creation of specialty coffee. TG-LAB’s work is rooted in the principle of traceabilitywhich they define as knowing where coffee comes from and who produced it. Based on this principle, TG-LAB has created unique programs to engage with farms in order to add value to their work and produce better coffee. Farms that have been working with TG-LAB for many years has a detailed blueprint of their coffee production and has identified where their most exceptional coffees are growing. Additionally, TG-LAB has developed an innovative financial model that allows farmers more control over the pricing and destinations of their coffees.

This lot, along with the Todos Santos, comes from a tiny producers’ association called El Esfuerzo (“The Effort”). This association has just 29 members and is based in Todos Santos Cuchumatán, HueHueTenango. El Esfuerzo cultivates coffee over an extension of 65 hectares, producing up to 1,600 bags each year.*

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Guatemala Finca Santiago, from ReAnimator Coffee in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, courtesy of Craft Coffee. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THEDETAILS:

region: Todos Santos Cuchumatán, Río Ocho, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
farm: Finca Santiago
producer: El Esfuerzo
association: N/A
elevation: 1600 – 1700 meters above sea level
cultivars: Bourbon, Catuai
process: fully washed, patio dried
certifications: standard

CUPPINGNOTES:

The aroma of the Guatemala Finca Santiago is very fragrant, refined, and pretty sweet. If the nose of the coffee is indicative of the coffee’s flavor, this is going to be a tremendous cupping experience. Notes of white tea and rose hips accentuated by berries, citrus, and honey.

Taking my first few sips of the cup, I am delighted to report the flavor does follow the nose. This is a medium-bodied coffee with soft, supple mouthfeel and soft edges—which is unique, considering how bright and fruit forward the profile is. While it does lay down a bed of butterscotch, which envelops the tongue, and while it does very faintly showcase the sugary sweetness and nutmeg spiciness of a snickerdoodle cookie, blackberry, plum, raisin, and clementine are the stars of the show.

As the cup cools off, those fruit flavors pop even more and the coffee only gets brighter and livelier; as a result, the texture becomes a bit more sparkling and effervescent. Now I’m tasting more fruits in addition to what I tasted up front: pear, peach, apricot, and a sparkling green grape acidity that leaves behind a crisp, clean finish.

Medium body; supple mouthfeel; citric acidity; clean finish.

FINALTHOUGHTS:

It’s been a while since I tasted a really dynamite Guatemalan coffee and, I have to say, ReAnimator Coffee’s Guatemala Finca Santiago really was dynamite. It was the perfect prototype for washed Guatemalas—bright, sweet, fruity, effervescent, elegant… A coffee that simply danced and sparkled on the palate.

*content provided by InterAmerican Coffee

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BeanFruit Coffee Company // Guatemala Waykan

BeanFruit Coffee Company // Guatemala Waykan

Guatemala accounts for 2.5 percent of the world’s total coffee production and has been a staple of Cafe Imports’ offerings since their humble beginnings. Their marathon cuppings in Guatemala are invigorating and exciting and produce some really excellent results, including their latest Regional Select, Guatemala Waykan. The department of […]

Big Red Tugboat Coffee IPA // RAM Brewery & Tugboat Coffee Roasters

Big Red Tugboat Coffee IPA // RAM Brewery & Tugboat Coffee Roasters

  In a world-class city like Chicago—a city with a host of world-class breweries and roasteries—it’s easy to forget about the suburbs and their contributions to Illinois’s overall craft beverage scene. But in the town of Addison, just 45 minutes due West of Chicago, resides […]