We are very excited to release our first Guatemalan coffee in over a year!
Hacienda Carmona Pulcal is an old coffee estate overlooking the colonial city of Antigua, and is situated at a range of 6000 feet in altitude. The farm dates to early colonial times (check out the neat tile crest in the first photo below), but coffee was planted in the late 1800's and first exported in 1918.
The farm is said to have a unique micro-climate in the Antigua valley, as well as hillside exposure and well-draining soils. "Intelligente" refers to a specific block of the farm, planted in old Typica and Bourbon cultivar trees, and has the best sun exposure, and ideal topography.
This lot was formed by selecting the "day lots" that had the best sweetness and brightness. Day Lots are small harvest batches from particular areas of the farm, and the Intelligente lot is located in the upper part of the farm, at the highest altitude.
In the Cup:
Pulcal Inteligente is a sweet and balanced cup with a lot of complexity. This coffee tastes extremely clean, with good transparency of flavors, and shows beyond-convincing sweetness with an elegant, apple-like acidity. Floral, honey, caramel, blackberry and the kind of rich bitter-sweetness you get from a high percentage dark chocolate bar combine to showcase the type of pristine coffees that can come out of Antigua.