Creamy strawberry and cherry winegums.
This microlot coffee represents various smallholder farmers, each of whom owns an average of 2 hectares within the Oriente region, specifically the municipalities of Jalapa, Jutiapa, Santa Rosa, Zacapa, and Chiquimula. The farms are made of predominantly clay soil and sit nearby the Ayarza Lake.
We were given a very early heads-up up about this coffee from an old employee of Cafe Imports and someone who's always supported what we do at Crankhouse. Stuart told me to get my name on the list for samples as soon as they were available since he was sure this coffee would be a good match for our 'style' (I didn't know we had a style tbh). He was right.
Opening the grainpro sack gave a massive hit of wine gums. Super juicy fruit bomb. You know when the greens smell that vibrant that it's a good sign.
This micro-lot is dried naturally on clay patios for 20-23 days , and comprises of the local common varieties Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, and Pache.
Coffee in Guatemala
Guatemala’s national coffee association Anacafé has classified 8 distinct growing regions in Guatemala and their 'Little Green Book' describes the various regions by geography, climate, soil type and varietals grown to ultimately differentiate the cup characteristics.
This is a small nation, sitting snug between Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Belize, but it has a wide diversity of coffees. There are 8 distinct coffee-growing regions, but a little closer look will show over 300 microclimates. Rainfall varies from 800–5,000 mm/year, but everywhere in the country has a well-defined rainy season.
Anacafé has successfully collected data from 95% of coffee cooperatives to paint a picture of the country’s coffee industry. There are over 125,000 Guatemalan coffee producers spread over 20 departments, with a total of 305,000 hectares of coffee farms.
Altitude ranges between 1,300 and 2,000 m.a.s.l., with 86% of the coffee crop designated Strictly Hard Bean (SHB). SHB coffee, which is associated with higher altitudes and cooler climates, is denser and therefore better quality.
One of the characteristics of the landscape that makes Guatemalan coffees both unique and diverse is the chain of 34 volcanoes which winds its way across the country, parallel to the Pacific. Along this chain sits Guatemala’s “Coffee Belt”, where farms benefit from the greater nutrients found in volcanic soil.
Anacafé aim to preserve the varieties which have positioned Guatemala as a producer of high-quality coffee, which include the traditional Guatemalan varieties: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Pache and Typica. More recently introduced varieties include Geisha, Pacamara, Maragogype, and Maracaturra