Guatemala Antigua Pastores Mill
Coffee Review April 2022: 92 points
Blind Assessment: Sweetly nut-toned. Hazelnut butter, red apple, lemon verbena, cedar, agave syrup in aroma and cup. Sweet structure with gently brisk acidity; very full, satiny mouthfeel. The nut-toned finish is supported by suggestions of lemon verbena and cedar.
Notes: Produced at Pastores Mill and processed by the traditional washed method (fruit skin and flesh are removed from the beans before they are dried). RamsHead Coffee Roasters is a family-owned company founded by Bozeman, Montana, natives Caleb and Laura Walker that specializes in direct trade microlot coffees. For more information, visit www.ramsheadcoffee.com.
The Bottom Line: A friendly, balanced Guatemala cup with rich, sweet nut tones and crisp, citrusy herb.
The ‘Pastores’ mill was originally built as a flour mill in the 1800s. The mill bought wheat from producers, processed and sold it as flour. The same method is used nowadays with coffee.
After more than 200 years of near constant renovation and adaptation, Pastores is adding yet another chapter to its book: a brand new wet mill. The wet mill allows Pastores to be more efficient in separating the best quality cherries after harvest. Additionally, Pastores uses roughly 80% less water in processing. But it doesn't stop there: Pastores is now using its best cherries for natural processed coffees.
- Genuine Imports
Rich and deeply sweet, this Guatemala leads with nut and stone fruit tones (think hazelnut and nectarine) supported by maple syrup and fresh-cut cedar. Crisply sweet structure with gentle, round acidity; lightly syrupy body. The floral-toned finish centers around notes of honeysuckle and hazelnut, rounding to sweet maple syrup and cedar in the long finish.
- Red Apple
Recommended Brewing Method(s)
French Press, Pour-Over, Drip