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Bella Carmona Guatemala

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Coffee producer Luis Pedro Zelaya has four generations of Guatemalan coffee culture pulsing through his veins. His reputation for producing world-class coffees is drawn from his ability to implement precise farm management and post-harvest processing decisions. The process starts at the Zelaya’s family farm, Hacienda Carmona. where plant nutrition, pruning, and pest management are superb, which results in a selection of exquisite coffee cherries. At Bella Vista, the location of the wet and dry-mills, Luis Pedro and his team meticulously process fully traceable lots by harvest date, location, variety, and altitude. Coffee is depulped, fermented, and washed in a very traditional process that has been perfected over the last 100 years. Then the coffee is gradually dried in a controlled environment designed to protect cup quality. Raised drying beds and sensor-controlled airflow permit a more uniform drying process and an additional opportunity for hand sorting parchment as it dries. The same focus on sorting and quality control is executed through to the final export stage.

Coffee Review

93 pts      Aroma: 9    Acidity/Structure: 8   Body: 9    Flavor: 9    Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment: Richly sweet, deeply chocolaty. Baking chocolate, crisp pear, orange zest, oak, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweet structure with pert acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Finish consolidates to rich chocolate and freesia-like floral notes.

The Bottom Line: A balanced, complete cup with an especially attractive, viscous and lively mouthfeel.

Review by Kenneth Davids, Coffee Review, June 2020. Review at Coffee Review.

Bella Carmona Guatemala

Aroma and Flavor notes: 
Apple Juice. Orange Blossom. Milk Chocolate.
Body: 
Lush
Acidity: 
Crisp
Region: 
Sacatepequez. Antigua. Guatemala.
Producers: 
Luis Pedro Zelaya Zamora
Varietal(s): 
Bourbon. Caturra.
Growing elevation: 
1500-1650 Meters
Processing: 
Washed. Dried on Raised Beds in Greenhouses.

$17.00
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Weight: 12 oz