MILK CHOCOLATE, HONEY, TANGERINE
The process of applying heat to green coffee beans to transform it’s chemical & physical properties, resulting in roasted coffee beans that can be brewed.
Like many fine coffees from Huehuetenango and Antigua, this Guatemalan selection is a beautiful coffee. All we had to do was roast it with our balanced profile, which lets the producer’s efforts shine.
Similar to Napa Valley or Burgundy for wine, the region where a coffee is grown can tell us a lot about the coffee.
Huehuetenango lies 1,901 meters above sea level in Western Guatemala. At this elevation, Huehuetenango is the driest and highest non-volcanic coffee growing region in Guatemala.
The farm & mill where the coffee cherry is grown & processed.
FINCA EL LIMONAR
Founded in 1955, Finca El Limonar was one of the first coffee farms in Huehuetenango. As one of the oldest farms in the region, Finca El Limonar sits on one of the best coffee-growing plots in the region and has some of the oldest trees around.
Fitting in with his farm, Don Hugo Chaves also does everything the old-fashioned, or tried-and-true, way. He believes in tank fermentation and drying beans in the sun, methods that produce a fine coffee year after year.
The method by which the green coffee bean is removed from the fruit & then dried & stored can affect the taste of the coffee.
WET PROCESSED (WASHED)
This selection is fully washed, or wet processed. In wet processing, beans are only dried after all the fruit on the bean has been completely removed. (Letting the fruit ferment first makes removing it easy.) This processing method:
- Is the most common method used for coffee
- Generally creates clean flavors
- Produces a consistent profile
Most wine drinkers know whether they prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. Similarly, the Arabica coffee plant has several botanical varieties, each with unique taste characteristics.
BOURBON, TYPICA and CATURRA
Chaves grows both Bourbon and Typica coffees, which are the two oldest varietals of coffee, along with Caturra, which comes from Bourbon. Caturra, in particular, is known for producing great beans at high elevations.