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        Guatemala Antigua
$9.75/12 oz
A quality Guatemalan is a staple on any coffee roaster's menu since its taste profile is one of the world's best. And there's no Guatemalan more admired than the Antigua.
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Coffee Specs
        The Guatemala Antigua is what every high-grown coffee aspires to be: spirited, heavy-bodied, and intensely aromatic with rich suggestions of spice. Volcanic soils and a temperate climate provide ideal growing conditions for the Antigua, Guatemala's most distinguished highland coffee. Not only is the Antigua revered for producing one of the most flavorful cups in the world, it also offers one of the most nuanced. We take the Antigua to a "city" medium roast to emphasize its most desirable trait—flavor. At darker roast levels its varietal qualities begin to fade.   
            Growing Region: Antigua
Elevation: 5,000 feet
Varietal: Bourbon, Typica
Process: Washed
Roast: Medium
        Origin Notes  
Guatemala Antigua

The country of Guatemala continues to cultivate much of its traditional typica and bourbon arabica varieties preferred for their exceptional flavor. In contrast, many other Latin American coffee growers have turned increasingly to modern hybrid varieties of arabica which are more disease-resistant and high-yielding, yet tend to render a less distinctive cup. Each coffee lot of Antigua undergoes multiple hand pickings as the harvest season progresses so that only the ripest cherries are harvested. Then the cherries are sorted in separation tanks where the under- and over-ripe cherries float above perfectly ripe cherries that have descended to the bottom. Viewed as Latin America's finest, the Antigua is shade-grown in an idyllic ecosystem.

Guatemala's predominant use of heirloom arabica varieties may account for the complexity of its gourmet coffee. Aside from offering superior bean quality, traditional arabicas preserve the country's pristine growing environment. Modern hybrids are sun-grown, whereas most Guatemalan coffees flourish in bird-sheltering shade among native trees and shrubs. Birds, in turn, serve as natural agents of insect control and eliminate the need for pesticides. The Guatemala Antigua represents the perfect union of nature and nurture.

        Recommended Brewing   French press    
          The drip method will showcase the Antigua's fine flavor while the vacuum pot will point up both its flavor and high-grown acidity. Brewed in a French press, it will resolve as big-bodied and flavorful in the cup. Espresso brewing, however, is not an appropriate choice for this bright, high-elevation coffee.      
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