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This Guatemalan single origin from Legado follows in the footsteps of the much-loved Guatemala El Morito. Our friends at Legado searched long and hard for a coffee to fill those shoes (or hoppers) and with this new release, they should please all those classically-minded coffee lovers looking for a single origin with lots of body and plenty of those nutty & chocolatey notes.
Like its predecessor, El Rincon will be at its best in espresso, as well as its close relatives such as moka pot brews or even coffees from a bean to cup (fully automatic) machine. In those brew methods, it proves to be a chocolatey & nutty delight, with some subtle acidity ensuring that the flavour is anything but flabby and lots of hug in a mug type body. We're not big on corrupting our favourite beverage, but if you were going to mix one with milk, this would probably be a good choice!
- Tasting notes: Chocolate, Full Body, Smooth
- Roast: Medium
- Brewing method suggestions: Versatile
El Rincon & La Bolsa are owned by the same family, although this coffee is specifically from the La Bolsa Farm, we will be calling it El Rincon.
Finca La Bolsa was bought by Jorge Vides, a distinguished medical professional, in 1958. Prior to this the land wasn’t used for coffee production. Jorge won a number of awards for coffee production and for services to the region of Huehuetenango, and had the main hospital in the coffee growing community named after him. La Bolsa competed in the 2002 Cup Of Excellence competition and placed second, scoring 94.98. La Bolsa sits between two mountains, which provide a very stable, humid microclimate. This combined with the limestone rich soils give the coffee a very unique profile, with a rich syrupy body and plenty of malic and citric acidity. Coffee is fermented for between 18 and 24 hours, and is then cleaned of mucilage, graded in channels and soaked overnight.
La Bolsa is RFA certified & follows C.A.F.E practices guidelines. Coffee Care funded the construction of a school and nursery at the farm, with fully trained, full time teachers. All of the temporary and permanent staff have access to schooling for their children, and they are incentivised to leave their children at school or nursery through food donations. When a child attends school or nursery for 5 consecutive days they receive a weekly supply of rice, beans and corn. Prior to this food ration scheme it was very difficult to get people to leave their children in the care of others, and schooling wasn’t necessarily valued as there is a greater pressure on earning more money to feed the family. As a result there are no children working in the farm, and the school and nursery classes are full. Accommodation is provided for permanent and temporary workers, with separate facilities for men and women and families, bathrooms and kitchens. Sections of the farm are reserved areas, to promote biodiversity, reduce exposure to winds and soil erosion. Inga trees are used as a shade trees, and to fix nitrogen in the soil which is essential for plant and cherry growth. Renardo has an expansive composting operation to make use of waste products, using redworms.
- Producer: Maria & Renardo Vides
- Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra
- Processing method: Fully washed
- Region: La Libertad, Huehuetenango
- Country: Guatemala
- Elevation: 1500 – 1700m
- SCA SCORE: 85