Guatemala El Tambor Gold Label Swiss Water® Process Decaf
Once again, this Swiss Water® Process (SWP) decaf stands up to the pressures of being caffeine-free and tastes like an amazing, regular cup of goodness. This bean has a delicious chocolatey flavor with a slight citrus acidity, but still has the nuttiness you would expect from a good Guatemalan coffee. It has the perfect balance of a rich and smooth taste, with a full body and juicy mouthfeel. This bean embodies everything that we often crave from a Latin American coffee without the caffeine boost.
|Roast Level:||City Plus (Medium)|
|Processing:||Washed (Wet Process), Swiss Water® Process|
|Flavor Notes:||Almonds, Citrus, Cocoa|
|Body:||Full Body, Complex, Juicy|
|Brew Methods:||Drip, French Press, Pour Over|
|Varietal:||Red Bourbon, Caturra, Pache|
El Tambor Coffee Production:
This award winning Palencia farm was founded in 1930 as a cattle ranch and in 1966 was planted with coffee. In 1930 the Franco family bought small farms and formed El Tambor. In 2001, the Calderon family purchased El Tambor, trading it for a house closer to the coast where they had previously farmed. The climate at El Tambor has cold weather overnight from November to March, slowing maturation in the cherries to produce a characteristic sugary sweetness. El Tambor has a distinguished record in the Cup of Excellence, winning awards in 2007, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Victor Calderon is congenial and bright, a tall man with a contagious positivity and smile. Of his own farm, he says, "To control the coffee quality, we start from the seed," which is carefully chosen every year by Pablo Montezuma. From 50,000 seeds planted in the soil, 40,000 are chosen to be planted into bags, filled with soil and one year aged coffee pulp. 18,000 to 25,000 are planted, the rest is sold.
The Calderon family uses biodynamic agricultural practices, which Victor just calls "common sense". They use only organic practices, without chemicals, and spread clay to combat rust. The finca is on a migration route for butterflies, which flutter all over the area, the rich canopy of trees on the farm forming a haven for them.