La Nueva Montaña is a small farm located in El Palmar, a small municipality in the Fraijanes area of Guatemala.
The producer Antonio Gonzales, grows mainly red and yellow Catuai under shade trees of Inga, Gravilea, and Avocado. At an altitude between 1600-1800 masl, he makes sure that only the ripest cherries are handpicked. This is usually achieved through three picking passes across his plantation. The cherries are processed on the same day they are picked.
This microlot, composed by single varietal red Catuai cherries only, underwent a natural preparation. After the picking, any over or underripe cherries were manually removed. The cherries were then put on a patio in a thin layer under the sun and turned frequently. Once the fermentation was complete, the dried skins and parchments were mechanically removed to obtain the green coffee beans.
Antonio was recently asked about his objectives as a coffee producer, and here are some of his thoughts and dreams.
“Together we take care of the environment avoiding any contaminations. To produce honeys and naturals is a very important way for us to improve our income and the wages for those who work for us. Production of these special coffees also allows us to know our produce better”.
“We really want to support our children to be able to study in a University”.
We are very pleased to offer this coffee from a new region in Guatemala, and to support Antonio, his family and team of workers to fulfil their dreams of producing better, more interesting coffee and at the same time better his livelihood.