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Halfwit - Guatemala Finca Rosario de Fatima
Roaster: Halfwit Coffee Roast Name: Guatemala Finca Rosario de Fatima Type: Single Origin Producer: Finca Rosario de Fátima Region: Cobán Elevation: 1,200- 1,450 M Processing: Washed Variety: Caturra/Catuai/Bourbon Tasting Notes: Mandarin, Nectarine, Brown Sugar Test Results: Knowing that this is a citrus forward Guatemalan, I decided to use an IMS filter basket to help balance out the acidity and pull out some additional sweetness. If you didn't see my previous post about flavor comparisons between VST and IMS filter baskets, I suggest you click the link in my bio and take a look at my Halfwit Rwanda post. The IMS definitely produced the intended outcome. This coffee has that wonderful rich and deep sweetness that you would expect from a Guatemalan. The brown sugar really pushes through nicely, and has more of a dark brown sugar taste to it that I LOVE! The Mandarin Orange blends perfectly with the chocolate undertones and creates that classic Terry's Chocolate Orange Slices taste. The nectarine notes are very subtle and occasionally morph into a full blown peach flavour from time to time. Overall another big win from Halfwit Coffee!
Halfwit - Rwanda Tumba Village
Roaster: Halfwit Coffee Roast Name: Rwanda Tumba Village Type: Single Origin Origin: Rwanda Region: Rulindo District Producer: Kinini / Tumba Village Cooperative Processing: Fully Washed Variety: Bourbon 139 Tasting Notes: Lemon Zest, Pineapple, Milk Chocolate Test Results: When Halfwit contacted me a few weeks ago and told me they had some new single origins, specifically a Rwandan, I expected they would be really good, but they did not prepare me for the level of insanity I was about to experience! First off, the Kinini Coffee Co-op is truly inspirational! For those of you unfamiliar, Kinini Coffee built one of the coolest models I've ever heard of. They provided non coffee farmers with coffee plants, technical expertise, washing stations, mills, and a means to export their coffee from the ground up. Due to their energy, attention to detail, and dedication, only four years later they are producing incredible coffee! The Rulindo District of the Northern Province is known for it's bright bursting citrus notes, and this coffee is no exception. Straight away this coffee smacks your taste buds with a crisp sparkling pineapple lemonade flavor! WARNING.. it can be overpowering if not properly dialed in. The really great thing about this coffee, is that the citric acidity is very easy to manipulate and control. However, there is a sweet spot right in the middle that really makes this coffee shine! A beautiful complex sweetness rolls in hard and strong, and lingers on the tongue. The flavor is intoxicating and it tastes how I imagine a pineapple upside-down cake soaked with a sparkling lemonade would taste. A finer grind setting, and a long slow pre-infusion did the trick for me. I also experimented with various filter baskets to see which one best accentuated this specific coffee!
Steadfast - Watson
Roaster: Steadfast Coffee Roast Name: Watson Type: Blend Roast: Medium / Light Origin: 50% South America, 50% Central America Processing: Washed Varietal: Various Tasting Notes: Milk Chocolate, Caramel, Toffee Test Results: This coffee is a modern version of a classic throwback. it embodies all of the nostalgic espresso flavors we've grown to love. It has a creamy milk chocolate base that carries throughout, with warm comforting notes of sweet caramel. it's much lighter than a typical espresso with an original flavor profile would normally have. This lighter roast pops with bright bursts of toffee, that dance on the tongue, and breathes new life into this otherwise familiar classic. So it you're looking for an oldie but a goodie with a little something extra, then look no further.