|Huehuetenango growing region, northwestern Guatemala
Deep, complex aroma: slightly smoky cedar, chocolate and vanilla with floral top notes. Settles out to a rich semi-sweet chocolate in the cup with shimmery hints of flowers and vanilla. Rounds and sweetens as it cools without losing complexity. Very rich in the short finish, slightly astringent in the long.
Huehuetenango averages some of the highest growing altitudes in Guatemala and produces coffees that many insiders prefer to the better-known coffees of the Antigua region. El Injerto is a farm respected for its sound ecological practices, extensive forest reserves, and traditional coffee varieties, mainly the heirloom Bourbon variety. Founded by Herb, Joseph, and Jake Brodsky in 2002, Novo Coffee is a quality-oriented boutique roasting company with fine coffee, an elegant package, and the slogan "Get Closer" - to coffee, as it turns out. Visit www.novocoffee.com or call 303-295-7678 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
Lovers of quiet, Florentine style elegance.
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This review originally appeared in the November, 2005 tasting report: Still Tastes Good: Guatemala and Chiapas