Tasting: El Injerto, Huehuetenango

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Tasting: El Injerto, Huehuetenango

Postby SL28ave on Thu Jul 28, 2005 1:35 am

As many of you know, Finca El Injerto in (La Democracia?) Huehuetenango, Guatemala has grown/processed an amazing coffee for at least the past 4 years. I blind cupped 3 high end "huehues" today:

1: 2004 El Injerto (sample frozen August 2004) (labelled 100% Bourbon). My favorite coffee on the table. Slight traces of age, not tasting as fresh as the 2005 Huehue, but tastes fresher than many other 2005 Huehues currently on the market. LAYERS of intense aromas: fruits, undescribable subtle aromas (fresh pinecone-like?). Sweet. Very crisp acid, fairly lush body. Well structured, but perhaps less so than the 2005 crop. Every slurp gives a different impression, not through Yemen-like defects, but rather through a complexity imparted by refinement. Not the easiest coffee to drink for the average consumer, IMO. But, for the conoisseur, it may be a few years until a Huehue of this caliber reappears.

2: 2005 El Injerto. (labelled 100% Bourbon) Very different than the 2004, and very nice. Lower acid, but big in body and structure (not every cupper agreed with me on that). Mixed in with the subtle fresh fruit, caramel, and beef aromas are very slight dry/vegetal aromas. Like a big tannic wine, that isn't quite open, and probably never will to its full potential. The best (or 2nd best) Guatemalan I've had this year, and unlike any other coffee, as usual. Solid.

3: Anonymous 2005 Huehue: Very nice. Tastes like a less intense version of 2004 El Injerto, but muddled with age.

thoughts?
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Postby Alistair Durie on Thu Jul 28, 2005 1:49 am

for more information on Finca El Injerto they have a website! http://www.fincaelinjerto.com

and who is roasting this coffee right now?
http://www.terroircoffee.com
I don't see it listed any longer at stumptowncoffee.com

i sure look forward to some.
and I hear Arturo serves up a mean breakfast.

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Postby SL28ave on Thu Jul 28, 2005 2:07 am

To give deserved dues: Stumptown has done a wonderful job networking with El Injerto. I'm jealous.
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Postby SL28ave on Thu Jul 28, 2005 3:12 am

Just brewed another pot of the 2005 El Injerto. Coming across much better. Acid is more crisp, abundant, and less astringent. Amongst other things, I flash on a volatile pectolytic cherry aroma far in the background that isn't off-fermented; interesting. still somewhat rich and mild, which isn't typical of the best Huehues. This cup is not as dry, and is more balanced than yesterday's cupping. But then again, I don't have it next to a fresh sample of the 2004.
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Postby malachi on Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:46 am

The El Injerto is a lovely coffee, and can make a very interesting espresso as well.

Dark Chocolate, pinon, fig, a little soy sauce, dried cherries, sweet melon, raw honey and touches of vanilla.
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Postby Kyle Larson on Thu Jul 28, 2005 7:59 am

The 2005 El Injerto should be on the menu at Stumptown later this week.
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Postby Jimmy Oneschuk on Thu Jul 28, 2005 10:29 am

Chris, is that profile from cupping, or single-o?
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Postby malachi on Thu Jul 28, 2005 11:14 am

Cupping. Though the dark chocolate, cherries and honey are preserved in espresso.
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Postby jakethecoffeelover on Tue Aug 16, 2005 5:12 pm

You guys are making me drool! I'll have to roast some up soon!
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Re: Tasting: El Injerto, Huehuetenango

Postby SL28ave on Sun Oct 07, 2007 5:06 pm

SL28ave wrote:2004 El Injerto... it may be a few years until a Huehue of this caliber reappears.


Uhm, so what caliber is the 2007?... The 2007 is like liquid rocks (granite?) raspberry jammied with bracing celestial orgasmic oils... and is subtle at times.

We still have a bit of 2006 to get through first. :cry:
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