Las Plantas is a Huehuetenango, Guatemala lot, produced by the Herrera family. It consists of Bourbon and Caturra varieties, and this lot is washed-processed. For the unfamiliar, washed coffees tend to be the cleaner, more floral, “coffee-flavored” coffees.
Aaron, Mitch and I cupped this coffee at 4 roast levels and found that the most exciting options were the lightest roast and the darkest (which is a light medium.) The lightest had electric acidity and a lot of wild subtlety… we will make this for retail in the next month or so. The light medium… is just so good.
The whole bean coffee reminds me of caramel candies. Ground, you pick up a little black pepper, and some fresh dry pipe tobacco aromas. It’s a big mouth-feel without a particularly deep roast, which is always great… because “it has all of their strengths and none of their weaknesses.” I would call the dominant perceived acidity sort of malic in nature (think “biting into a ripe honeycrisp” levels of acidity) but with syrupy body and well developed sugars, so it doesn’t resemble anything tart. Mid palate malt notes. Quick, brisk finish.
This is a beautiful morning coffee. Crushable by the liter.