Carmona is a single estate coffee coming from the traditional area
of Antigua. The valley is surrounded by three volcanoes, Agua, Fuego,
and Acatenango. These mountains create an ideal micro-climate for
growing superb coffee. The high heat of the day is neutralized by
cool and dry evenings.
are peaberry coffees; smaller and more round in shape than regular
beans. Normally there are two "seeds' or beans inside a coffee
cherry. In case of peaberries, only one seed formed within the cherry.
This is why the beans are more round in shape. The theory is, since
only one seed in the cherry, it gets more nutrients, thus "more
goodness" than it would if there were two seeds in the cherry.
The Lost Dutchman Jury is out on this one. Easy arguments could
be made either way. At any rate, these peaberry beans from Bella
Carmona are a rare find and make for an excellent cup full of brightness.
Cupping Notes: Pronounced
acidity with lemons and oranges. flavor. Intense aroma on the wet
break. Meyer's Lemon sweet aftertaste. Roast it dark and chocolate
Roasting Notes: Although
the beans are hard, they are relatively small. If heat control is
an option, roast them at a slightly less temp setting than used
for larder hard beans. City roast brings out intense citrus. Full
City brings out the milk chocolate nuances.