Guatemala Estate Antigua SHB
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Guatemala Estate Antigua SHB

Family-Farm Antigua

The  City of Santiago de los Caballeros , in the Panchoy Valley between the Siamese - twin volcanos of Fuego (fire) & Acetanango (horse) and  Volcán Agua (water volcano),  was the second Spanish Colonial Capital of Guatemala to bear that name. It was removed after a  devastating earthquake in 1773, and a new city was built Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción (New Guatemala of The Assumption) also known as Guatemala City. The city that grew up in the Panchoy Valley after the 1773 natural disaster was given the name La Antigua Guatemala (The Old Guatemala). Today Antigua is the capital of the Guatemalan Department of Sacatépequez.

Antigua is an appellation, as Champagne and Cognac are for wine, and Genuine Antigua coffees, famous for well over a century, are in no small measure responsible for the high reputation of Guatemala as a coffee origin.  Antiguas, with near ideal growing conditions, including rich volcanic soil, thanks to its towering neighbors, are considered by many to be among the very best coffees in the world.  It is among my favorite origins, and  I class it among the two Gran Cru coffees (the great classic coffees) of Central America. The other being Costa Rica Tarrazu. Panama has made an excellent case for excellence with its sterling quality Geisha cultivars in recent years, but that is a newer story. For the quintessential classic Central American cup, Antiguas are the genuine article.

Antiguas display genuine refinement as well as intrigue and power. What they bring to the table that few others do is a balance of completeness, and dimension.

For generations farming families have been producing delicious coffee at 1,500-1,700m  (about 4,900-5,600 ft) mainly in the areas of San Miguel Dueñas and San Antonio Aguas Calientes Sacatepequez, from Bourbon and Catuai variety seedlings, on the slopes of  the great volcanos. The coffee exhibits its excellent liquoring pedigree revealing itself in rich waves of balanced flavors, and pleasing delicate, refined acidity, silky mouthfeel, and essential sweetness. It leaves you with a breath of cocoa, floral Jasmine and lavender. Antigua is a voluptuous coffee, big and yet subtly sweet; a well-rounded cup with integrity, and elegance.

The best among Antiguas brew truly a classic cup, not at all in the new fashion of dynamic acidity up front, which may explain why we don’t see Antiguas winning medals the way we used to. A pity; it’s such a great cup. –DNS 








Weight: 1.00 lbs


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