Caturra, Catuai, Pache Verde, Bourbon
Dry Fermentation, Washed, Patio Dried
January 2018 - April 2018
Nestled between the looming mountains of Sierra de los Cuchamantes, Concepción Huista is bustle of color and sound. Children weave precariously around trucks carrying freshly harvested coffee cherries as buses plastered in bold blues and reds blare their horns. Set against the sun-bleached drylands of Guatemala, the town seems to burst with life.
Perched high above these dusty streets, the Mayan farmers of the CODECH Cooperative grow exceptional coffee, capturing the richness of the place. The CODECH Cooperative is divided into different associations, all set in distinct microclimates near Concepción Huista. Over the years, we’ve honed in on coffees from three of the higher altitude associations: ADIPY, ADAT and ADINTHEC. These associations collect coffee from the Canalaj and O'ejnhah communities, which are made up of indiginous Popti, Mam and Q’anjob’al branches of the Mayan family.
When we traveled to visit the CODECH Cooperative this past spring, we were able to taste through the very best coffees from these associations, purchasing them at an additional premium. This not only made it possible for farmers to receive a higher price for their coffee, but it also allowed us the opportunity to highlight exceptional microlots from specific farmers and communities within the organization, incentivizing and celebrating quality. While each lot shares a similar flavor profile, they each offer a unique perspective. This lot comes to us from Mariano Ramierz of the ADIPY association. His coffee stood out to us for its complex fruit characteristics: tart cherry qualities balanced milk chocolate sweetness, layered with apricot and dried fruit. This is one of the best examples of the ADIPY flavor profile, reflecting the unique growing conditions of the area, and the thoughtful work of the producer
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