This year’s second-semester Streetlevel Espresso is comprised of coffees from two special regions on the periphery of the historic city of Antigua, Guatemala.
The formidable Finca Candelaria is seated slightly south of Antigua on the western slopes of Volcan de Agua near the municipality of Alotenango. Though once sold under the name “Antigua”, the stone fruit-forward coffees of Alotenango, in recent years, have begun to receive recognition as a region of their own.
Our stunning lot of Candelaria was hand-selected by our green coffee team after cupping through multitudes of “day-lots” from the estate. This year’s lot is a selection of late-harvest Bourbon and Caturra varieties, is packed full of the dense, stone fruit flavors we love.
On the other end of the spectrum, the other half of Streetlevel hails not from one of Antigua’s beautiful estates but, rather, celebrates the small-holder farmer. The Los Santos project sources coffee cherries from small-holder farmers in the municipality of San José Poaquil before they’re milled at the Bella Vista mill. We’re ecstatic about the vibrant citrus-fruit flavors cultivated on this special hillside and moreso about the platform the Los Santos project provides to promote and improve quality in this micro-region.
Streetlevel Espresso works perfectly as your everyday espresso or as a brewed coffee. This version we have been liking pulled fast and medium in output.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel. We are verve. Made in santa cruz.