Singleorigins brings you a Guatamalan single origin classic, one of the very best in the world, the Tres Marias SHB EP from the Huehuetenango region available here in South Africa from singleorigins.co.za
Despite being non-volcanic, Huehuetenango is one of Guatemala's highest (up to 2000 MASL) elevated regions as well as one of its driest making for some exceptionally good coffee cultivation conditions. The Strictly Hard Bean SHB classification of Tres Maria's coffee specifies that this coffee was grown at an altitude of above 1350 MASL and its EP (European Preparation) classification means that the Tres Maria's coffee was sorted by hand in the search for defective beans and other rejected material. This distinguished coffee producing region is considered the best producing region in the country and coffees from the region frequently achieve cupping scores of 90 and above.
Notes:Believe it or not, April is still a bit early for great single-estate, strictly hard bean (SHB) Guatemalan coffees. Sure, you can buy Guatemalan single origins in January but you get what impatience deserves; lower grown boring coffee. We are waiting, eagerly, for Guatemala arrivals, and along comes this Tres Marias lot that was a welcome surprise. This is not a single-farm coffee. This is a mill (yes, there are 3 Marias in 3 generations in the family that owns the mill), and the quality of the cup depends on the integrity of the small-farm single origin coffees they buy, because there's no exact traceability back to the tree. But as a cupper, if I make some ridiculous rule for myself that I will only look at coffees from a single farm, I miss out on a wonderful coffee like this. (Which again proves in coffee it is better not to insist that you know, and prepare to be wrong often). This lot has a light body, but not unpleasant at all, like a light maple syrup. It's a bright coffee, although you can moderate that with a little more roast, but that would be a shame. The fragrance/aroma is complex and sharp and sweet, with almond, spice, and chocolate. It has a a malty round sweetness in the cup with a nice lively tang. The finish is fairly short, but really clean and caramelly. This is the type of accessible, crowd-pleaser to convince the skeptics. To paraphrase, this is awesome coffee ... enough to charm a tick off a dog.
Some notes about Guatemala Tres Marias SHB Huehuetenango from www.sweetmarias.com
We think you ought to have an extra cup of coffee for yourself so our bags are 275 grams in weight instead of the old 250 grams, hope you enjoy the freebie!