CP Select Guatemala Organic Atitlan

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Excellent straight or blended.

Flavor notes: Sweet and citric with mellow melon, chocolate and toffee flavors.


Thanks to the volcanoes that surround Lake Atitlan the soil here is extremely rich. The climate is windy and wet which contributes to the nutty, chocolate characteristics that are balanced by the lemon acidity in this coffee. Sometimes you can pick up a very slight floral.

  • Origin: Central America
  • Region: Atitlan
  • Farm: Variety - CP Select chosen for quality and consistency
  • Variety:  Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Typica, Maragogype, Pache
  • Altitude: 4.500-5.500 ft
  • Process: Washedor mechanically demucilaged
  • Harvest/Shipping: September - April
  • Certifications: Organic
  • Crop Year: April 2022

Guatemala has seven distinct growing regions. Grown in South Central Guatemala, within the valley of Antigua, under the watch of three volcanoes.

Described by guatemalancoffees.com as, "Rich volcanic soil, low humidity, lots of sun and cool nights characterize the Antigua region. The valley is dominated by the magnificent Agua, Acatenango and Fuego volcanoes. Every once in a while, Fuego –one of Guatemala’s three active volcanoes– adds a fresh dusting of mineral-rich ash to Antigua’s soil. Volcanic pumice in the soil retains moisture, which helps offset Antigua’s low rainfall, the lowest of Guatemala’s eight coffee regions. Like all of Guatemala’s specialty coffee, Antigua Coffee is cultivated under shade. In Antigua, the shade is especially dense to protect the coffee trees from the region’s occasional frost during the chilly nights from December to February. The dense shade, combined with the region’s shallow water table, produces a distinct microclimate within the coffee fields."

For basic drip French press etc, do take the beans up to the second crack, but then stop. Hitting it hot and fast vs slow and drawn out will modulate the brightness/body. That will be a function of your machine and batch size. If you're a dark roast fan go ahead and do a second batch and really give yourself that smokey roasted quality you crave - then blend the two together. Play with the ratio until you hit the mark.

Blending to itself can sometimes be the best of both worlds. Going dark will play up the chocolate, but you lose the subtle citrus. Your hot fast air roaster will be brighter than your drum roaster so factor that into working out the ratio. You may even find a fleeting slightly spicy effect, especially as it cools. In an espresso try 60% of our Brazil ND, 20% Colombian Patron, and 20% Guat Antigua. You should end up with a pretty straightforward syrupy, creamy, slightly caramelly shot with a nice aroma.

By the way... What's CP Select? Well, coffee is a yearly crop and much like wine, some crops really sing. While all Specialty Coffee farmers do their best and many farms are extremely consistent, sometimes the magic moves around. On our menu you'll see a number of farms called out by name; La Minita, Kauai Coffee, La Torcaza and others with established records for high quality and consistency. But you'll also see a number of choices we call CP Select. CP Select choices are instances where things need to change in order to stay the same. And that's where we're a little different.

Our CP Select choices like our Estate choices are chosen for their high quality in combination with choosing for consistency from order to order. That's for you. This can be an important element when you've found a type of coffee you love or a certain blend you've created that you want to maintain. Perfection is a difficult goal but we do strive for that ongoing level of quality and consistency in each CP Select choice; that its same as possible each time you order. While those CP Select coffees do lose their bag to bag pedigrees as we source our beans different farms as we search for our choices. They do carry our brand on the site, that's our seal of approval as a CP Select choice. Familiarity and consistency order to order. Our philosophy in the beans menu is one of "jewels and jeans." We absolutely have jewels such as Cup of Excellence beans and many other extraordinary Rock Stars of coffee. And, we also offer super high quality "blue jeans" of coffee; familiar, comfortable, worry-free, trustworthy, high-quality daily drivers. These are our CP Select beans. Equal quality chosen for repeat orders.

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