|Lake Atitlan growing region, south-central Guatemala
A balanced, smoothly full-bodied cup with a sweet acidity and a subdued roastiness that turns the fruit toward cantaloupe and black cherry.
Atitlan is a growing region situated on the volcanic slopes and valleys surrounding the grand and beautiful Lake Atitlan. Typical Atitlan weather is wetter than Antigua, the soil is richer, and the cup full-bodied but rather gentle and fruit-toned. This coffee from Estate Santo Thomas Pachuj is estate grown on a farm with impressive environmental and social credentials. PT's is a quality-oriented wholesale/retail specialty roaster whose motto is "without the love, it's just coffee." Visit www.ptscoffee.com or call 888-678-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
A satisfying, versatile cup with enough roastiness for those who crave it and sufficient acidy brightness to please black coffee drinkers of the traditional school.
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This review originally appeared in the September, 2003 tasting report: Beyond Antigua: The "Other" Guatemalas