Guatamala - El Pilar
Elevation: 1,800 - 2,000 METERS
Cultivar: TYPICA, BOURBON
WHO DONE IT? IT WAS PROFESSOR PLUM. HE LEFT FINGERPRINTS IN THE NUTMEG & BROWN SUGAR ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER. HIS MOTIVE? MRS. WHITE STOLE HIS FAMOUS TURKISH FIG SHORTBREAD RECIPE.
We saw this survey on young couples, and discovered some crazy stuff. The survey went for a while, so the researchers learned people’s thoughts early on in relationships. And check this out: the very things that attracted people to each other in the beginning, ended up being the things that made their relationships challenging in the long run.
Take San Juan Sacatepequez. We became enamored with this mountaintop six years ago, when we tasted a different coffee from the same neighborhood. It was a lot like this one: heavy and syrupy, but also jammy and brilliant like an East African coffee.
Those strange and exciting flavors resulted from SJC’s extreme elevation, dry climate, and abundance of the Arabica Bourbon variety. This isn’t a typical coffee-growing environment. And maybe that’s part of what attracted us to it.
Unfortunately, the very things that make this area unique make processing this coffee a challenge. The fermentation process that takes 12 hours elsewhere requires four full days here… and spending four days in tanks can be risky for coffee cherry.
The producers of El Pilar solved this problem with intensely even picking on the front end and a mechanical demulsifier abetting their fermentation on the back end. We also cupped through each and every day-lot to assemble this year’s collection. In short, we were able to save our relationship–without compromising the wild charisma that attracted us to SJC in the first place.
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