GQ magazine: “…famous for their Streetlevel Espresso, a burly seasonal blend…”
Producer // Various
Processing // Wet-Process
Region // Guatemala: Fraijanes, Huehuetenango
Cultivar // Bourbon
Elevation // 1,550 - 1,800 meters
Tasting Notes // Stone Fruit, Zest, Structured
Cup Characteristics: With a profound sweet and fruited flavor of plums and cherries, Streetlevel is boosted by a hint of citrus zest. The mouthfeel is round and structured, ending in a long a prevalent finish of sweet cocoa.
Sourcing information: When new crop coffees from Guatemala start showing up at our warehouse, we know that Streetlevel is about to encounter some familiar faces.
Finca La Florencia is a stunning farm just outside of the Capital in Guatemala. The appellation (a term used to describe a designated area of distinct geographic or flavor specificity) Fraijanes has seen a lot more traction in recent years because of a rise of producers starting to focus on every single detail in the chain in pursuit of growing and processing world-class coffees. With the Pacaya Volcano and the stunning Lake Amatitlan aiding its terroir, Fraijanes is quickly becoming one of our favorite regions in Guatemala.
We cupped through about 70 day-lot samples from Florencia while building the base of Streetlevel this year. The selections of Bourbon from the highest parts of the farm were juicier and more vivid than ever before, and we knew that we were in store for an unbelievable version of Guatemala Streetlevel.
The other component of Streetlevel is from Finca La Maravilla. This Guatemalan institution from Huehuetenango has been owned and operated by Guillermo Rosales and his son Mauricio since 1997. They quickly turned a handful of Bourbon, Caturra and Pache trees into the sprawling hills of a lush, thriving coffee farm. The Rosales’ dedication to their craft is bar none and the quality has grown with each passing year. This lot is strictly Bourbon from the highest parts of the farm.
IN: 19.7-20 GRAMS // OUT: 30-32 GRAMS // @: 24-27 SECONDS