Brown Sugar & Mandarin Melee!

Updated: Feb 21, 2020

Review and Extraction of another amazing single origin coffee from Halfwit Coffee

  • Roaster: Halfwit Coffee

  • Coffee: Guatemala Finca Rosario de Fatima

  • Type: Single Origin



PRODUCER: Finca Rosario de Fátima REGION: Cobán ELEVATION: 1,200- 1,450 M PROCESSING: Washed VARIETY: Caturra/Catuai/Bourbon NOTES: Mandarin, Nectarine, Brown Sugar



Finca Rosario de Fátima is owned and operated by the Sterkel family. The Sterkel family originally immigrated from Germany in the 1700's. It's located in the mountainous Cobán region which has a unique micro-climate that is perfect for coffee.

Leaf Rust is a plant disease that has affected many of the farms in that area. The Sterkels refined their cultivation techniques, and increased the spacing between their crops to prevent contamination from any affected plants. This forward thinking and determination has resulted in the Sterkel family producing some of the finest coffees in the country! The end result is a washed hybrid of Caturra, Catuai, and Bourbon that is bursting with Mandarin acidity and sweet notes of brown sugar.



Knowing that this is a citrus forward Guatemalan, I decided to use an IMS filter basket to help balance out the acidity and pull out some additional sweetness. If you didn't see my previous post about flavor comparisons between VST and IMS filter baskets, I suggest you click the link in my bio and take a look at my Halfwit Rwanda post. The IMS definitely produced the intended outcome. This coffee has a wonderful rich and deep sweetness that you would expect from a Guatemalan. The brown sugar really pushes through nicely, and has more of a dark brown sugar taste to it that I LOVE! The Mandarin Orange blends perfectly with the chocolate undertones and creates that classic Terry's Chocolate Orange Slices taste. The nectarine notes are very subtle and occasionally morph into a full blown peach flavor from time to time. Overall another big win from Halfwit Coffee!



Basket: 18g IMS Barista Pro Nanotech

Weight In: 18.5 grams

Weight Out: 36 grams

Temp: 201F



This coffee is also amazing as a V60 pour over!

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