This coffee is from the mountainous region of Huehuetenango, where farm altitude ranges from 1800 - 2000 meters above sea level. Project "Xinabajul" (pronounced She-nah-bah-hool), is named for the ancient Mayan name for the Huehuetenango region. The project is an attempt by the importer who works closely with small lot farmers to separate out the high grown and diligently picked ripe coffee cherries from their lower elevation grown more haphazardly picked counterparts. The result in the words of the importer themselves "We are terribly proud of the work we put into Proyecto Xinabajul, the work of our partners in Guatemala and the trust the farmers have shown in us. There are many fine coffees from Guatemala, but with these lots we are giving farmers access to the high specialty market, to farmers who have never had it before. And for us we get to offer fantastic coffees from unique sources. It's a rewarding project, and we look forward to growing and improving it for the benefit of all."
This coffee when brewed has a dense, thick body, with an accompanying sweetened dark chocolate flavor profile. As ever, more depth and flavor is revealed as the coffee cools, and fruited flavors ala blackberry and raisin mark the bittersweet cup, as does a roasted almond note in the finish. Over all think dark chocolate covered almonds.