HONEY, MILK CHOCOLATE, FLORAL
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.
We approached this selection with our Balanced Profile, in order to showcase the beans’ diverse honey, milk chocolate and floral notes, and to add a little body to the cup.
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.
SMALL FAMILY FARMS
This lot includes selections from several small family farms near La Libertad and Todos Santos in Huehuetenango. These farmers have come together in a Presidium of the Slow Food Movement, which is a type of local project that seeks to ensure the wellbeing of farmers’ families and the quality of their coffees.
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)
Guatemala Huehuetenango Highland Coffee 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, CATURRA AND PACHES
This lot includes four different coffee varietals:
- Bourbon and Typica, which are the two oldest coffee varietals
- Caturra, which is a derivation from Bourbon and is known for produce good beans at high elevations
- Paches, which is a local coffee varietal that grows well in Guatemala