No pressure or anything, more like a warning: Only a couple of weeks left until we run dry on Guatemala Antigua Bella Carmona. (panic emoji face)
A few reasons that, year after year, this is the most popular selection on our menu:
- Recognizable and easy: you know Antigua is famous for quality coffee and you’re confident while ordering that you’re not sounding like a bumpkin.
- Wide appeal: there’s something for everyone in the flavor profile.
- Super consistent: bean to bean and harvest to harvest, Bella Carmona delivers clean and dependable results every time.
- Highly versatile: put these beans through any extraction process you can think of like, espresso, cold brew, Chemex, Aeropress, zero gravity immersion osmosis…whatever you get into, your cup is outstanding.
At the Hacienda Carmona Estate, owner Luis Pedro Zelaya, a fourth-generation coffee farmer, leads coffee cultivation in Central America by combining tradition with innovation and setting the bar for quality control. Let’s not pretend Contraband is the only roaster using Bella Carmona beans. The farm kicks out a large amount of coffee every year and roasters across the globe know what to expect. The higher saturation of Bella Carmona lots reduces scarcity in the pricing equation, resulting in a superb value for all of us. Meaning coffee this good will cost us all more money if it’s only available in very limited quantities from a smaller farm (with a more exotic name difficult to pronounce).Agua, Fuego and Acatenango, the three volcanoes in Guatemala’s most beautiful and captivating valleys, Antigua, is what creates the region’s rich volcanic soil, which produces one of the world’s best coffees. Bella Carmona’s unique characteristics of brown sugar sweetness and citrus brightness are what makes this a damn fine cup of coffee. These fully washed, sun dried Bourbon and Caturra beans juggle flavor complexity like old circus pros.
Flavor profile: balanced, rich and smooth, brown sugar and milk chocolate.Region: Antigua Guatemala, SacatepéquezAltitude: 1,500 – 1,650 metersProcess: fully washed and dried on elevated tables inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain.