Coffee: Jabiru Union Cantinil Bodega
Roaster: Coptic Light
Producer/Farm: Union Cantinil Bodega
Origin/Region: Guatemala, Huehuetenango
Altitude: 1700 masl
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Pache
Additional growing information: Grown, picked, and fully processed by small holder farms in the region.
Dry Fragrance: nutty, fruity, chocolate, caramel
Tasting Notes: Caramel and fruit sweetness, with notes of cocoa, spice, fresh cherries, walnuts and apples with a satiny, to lightly syrupy mouthfeel. As it cools the sweetness persists, walnut notes emerge, and the finish is crisp. Overall the caramel sweetness and chocolate notes are balanced by a light acidity conferred by cherry and apple. This is a harmonious, nicely structured, very quaffable coffee.
Brew recommendations: I found this coffee to be pretty versatile, I brewed it on Origami with a Kalita filter and on V60. The Origami yielded more chocolate and cherry notes and nougat/walnut flavor profile while the V60 was a fruitier, fresh cherry and apple acidity flavor profile. I recommend 1:16 ratio for either brew using 203 degree F water and a TBT of 3:15-:3:20 mins.
Roaster notes: Located in Western Guatemala, the Cuchumatanes are the highest non-volcanic mountains in Central America offset by deep valleys and canyons. The highest peaks are in the region of Huehuetenango where this new offering, the Jabiru, is grown. Due to the region's extreme remoteness, all producers selected for the Jabiru are smallholders who grow, pick, and process their own coffee. These smallholders utilize the abundant rivers and streams in the region to set up their own mills, which consist of manual or small-motored depulpers, specialized washing channels, and entirely sun-dried patios. Hot air from the Gulf of Mexico and the Plains of Tehuantepec sweep up into the descending cool air of the Cuchumatanes, creating a unique tropical microclimate which protects the coffees from frost and also develops its unique flavor profiles.
A note about Coptic Light's packaging per the creators and co-conspirators J.R. Robinson and Esther Shaw of these unique lovely coffees. "A unique aspect of Coptic Light is that our lovely coffee is always packaged in equally as beautiful art. With so many talented artist friends, we have decided to rotate our art at least once a year, and currently we are featuring art from Simon Fowler."
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