More experimentation with Guatemala Huehuetenango Cuilco

Last weekend I did a series of roasts with small batches of Guatemala Huehuetenango Cuilco.  One important thing that I have learned about this coffee is that it takes quite an aggressive roast profile to obtain the best tasting coffee — more time and higher temperatures.  I think that this might be somewhat characteristic of Guatemalan coffees but I’m not sure exactly which parameter is important (origin, altitude, farm, etc..).  The best roast so far was one that had an extended drying time and was roasted into 2nd crack at an outlet temperature setpoint of 510F throughout the roast.

This weekend’s experiment is two different roasts of this coffee – both into second crack but one with an extended drying time and one without.  The roast profile for the extended drying time roast is below.  Unfortunatly I had a problem with the Roast Genie that caused me to lose the data for the 2nd roast.  The profile is the same but the 350F dwell time is missing from this second batch.



The second roast went 968 seconds, 319 seconds past first crack with 18.5% mass lost.  In contrast the first roast was 1052 seconds, 300 seconds past first crack with 19.0% mass lost.  Both were 150g batches (green weight) and were less than 30s into 2nd crack.

One of the nice things about this coffee is that 1st and 2nd crack are very distinct.  This is one of the easiest coffee’s to identify these stages that I have experienced.

I will add tasting notes over the next few days…


2 thoughts on “More experimentation with Guatemala Huehuetenango Cuilco”

  1. I brewed two cups from each roast this morning. Brewing method was Aeropress with 205F water. Wet grounds, stir (10 s). Fill and wait 30s before plunging. Total brew time was 45s. Grind was a 9 on a Maestro Plus burr mill. Although both roasts were good (dramatic improvements over the lighter roasts of last week), the shorter roast with no dwell time was a better cup with slightly more body and a little less bitterness at the sides of the pallette. The beans for the shorter roast were a little more fragrant both before and after grinding.

  2. Both of these roasts were really solid and tasted great over the week or so after roasting. Not sure that one was a particular stand out over the other. I’ve noticed pretty significant variation in cup quality based on (at least some of) the following: water source (home/work), water temp (208F at home ?? at work), brewing time (30s nominal but this can very a bit, time after roasting. I am not sure what the magic formula is but the cups have ranged from near amazing (I have had slightly better) to pretty decent. Certainly noticeable. I can say that I have had really good cups both at home and at work but the best was definitely at home — maybe stress is a factor too? 🙂

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