Guatemala Finca El Tambor
Tasting Notes: Green apple, orange zest, tamarind, brown sugar sweetness
Region: Palencia, El Duranzo
Farm: Finca El Tambor
Processing: Washed and sundried
Elevation: 5,500-6,000 feet
This year marks the third consecutive season we have offered Guatemala El Tambor from the farm of Victor Calderon. Victor represents the fifth generation of coffee farmers from a family that has been in coffee for more than 100 years. El Tambor, however, is a relatively new farm, located just outside of Guatemala City. Victor bought the farm at the beginning of 2001, and has realized his dream of revitalizing a farm at sufficient altitude to specialize in high-quality Arabica production.
The farm is managed with eight year round employees. Each has a permanent residence on the farm, and ten percent of the farm is given over to the workers to produce their own vegetables. Nearly half the farm has been left untouched, and is set aside as a conservation area.
All coffee is picked and processed in microlots of around 22 bags, selected according to location on the farm with attention to varietals making up the lots. Our lot consists of fully washed, sun dried Bourbon varietal grown at about 5,550 feet.
In the cup: El Tambor displays subtle complexities that kaleidoscope as it cools. Initially green apple notes dominate, soon followed by more citrus based flavors of orange zest and tamarind, all overlaid by a very clean brown sugar sweetness. The remarkably buttery mouthfeel leads into a finish rich in caramel and milk chocolate, finally ending where it begins with bright green apple.