Guatemala - Finca La Bolse (Washed) - Espresso
Guatemala is an origin that has grown on us massively over the last few years. Many of their coffees are very balanced and sweet, so sometimes get overlooked during selection process, especially when they sit next to bigger bolder coffees with more obvious flavours.
There are a number of great producing regions in the country including Antigua and Atitlan, but Huehuetenango is probably the best of the bunch.
Huehuetenango is probably the most famous (and difficult to pronounce—it is generally said “way-way-ten-AN-go”) region and has the highest altitudes in the country, as high as 2,000 meters. Crisp malic and citrus acidity, full body, and toffee sweetness mark these coffees, which tend to be the most fruit-forward and can be the most complex of what Guatemala has to offer.
What's good about it?
Finca la Bolse is what we describe as a yummy everyday coffee. A coffee for everybody.
Sometimes great coffees are the simple and less complex lots, and this is a great example of just that. You wont find any intense floral or big jammy notes here, just lots of caramel sweetness, a subtle citrus acidity and a layer of water melon, giving it that silky mouthfeel.
It's got the body and sweetness to hold up well served black or white. It would be well at home in any specialty coffee shop, but also not out of place in a batch brew.
What's the best way to brew it?
Due to its forgiving nature, it works well in all kinds of espresso machines, whether you have a high-end setup such as a Rocket, Marzocco, Expobar (Pro-Sumer) or the likes of a Rancilio Silvia, Gaggia Classic, De'Longhi or Dualit.
Don't have an espresso machine?
This coffee will also work well in a Cafetiere, Clever Dripper or Aeropress, offering you a full bodied full immersion coffee.
Finca La Bolsa is an estate in La Libertad, Huehuetenango, known for consistent quality; its coffee has won multiple cupping awards and has also been a star at various barista competitions.
The farm was purchased in 1956 by Dr. Jorge Vides Molina; it was given the name "La Bolsa" because it is located between two mountains, and it is bisected by two rivers that cross the property, creating a kind of island where the mill, farmhouse, school, and drying patios are.
We roast on Tue, Wed & Thurs. Your coffee will be roasted within 5 days of purchase, with a shelf life of 6 weeks (optimum serving point of 10-36 days).