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Guatemalan Antigua Retana Red Bourbon

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Supplier Sweet Maria's provides the following description:

"Finca Retana is a very traditional farm in central Antigua situated at 1550 meters on the valley floor, and they have a small portion planted in Yellow Bourbon cultivar, which we've previously offered. This is their Red Bourbon coffee. Bourbon coffees are named after an island in the India Ocean where French colonists originally grew it, now called Reunion. Bourbon coffees tend to ripen earlier than other cultivars, and have a very balanced flavor profile with moderate acidity when cupped with other types planted in the same plot. They seem to have good bean density, and the plant is not stressed to overproduce fruit, unlike some of the modern Catimor hybrids as well as other types. Bourbon trees can remain productive for many years with good care.

There is caramel and cocoa (or rather, it reminds me a bit of Ovaltine!) in the dry fragrance, and reveals more than a trace of dark honey and mulling spice. Modest fruit hints are also present, which come out clearly in the wet aroma. The crust smelled of fresh baked goods like apple pie, or plum cake, and even gave off the smell of hops. Retana cups well, with a restrained flavor profile typical of Antigua coffees as well as Bourbon cultivar. Dried dark fruits like fig, prune, and plum come through in the cup, and the sweetness is characterized by more brown, developed sugars such as muscavado and molasses. The finish is toffee-like with malt all the way through. This is definitely a clean coffee that is combined with a well-integrated acidic snap creating a nicely structured character overall. It's a very refined cup, approachable, with much revealed as it cools. It roasts very well at both light and dark levels, remaining very compact and tightly closed in the crease. It's a versatile cup with a classic Antigua flavor profile, and also an interesting SO espresso."

Your coffee is packed in a heavy plastic bag with a one-way valve. Pre-roasted weight is roughly a pound; somewhat less than that after roasting.

I roast to order, so bear with me.

All proceeds benefit Batten Disease Support and Research Association.

Guatemalan Antigua Retana Red Bourbon


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