Caturra, Catuai, Pache Verde, Bourbon, Sarchimor
Dry Fermentation, Washed, Patio Drying
January 2018 - May 2018
Concepción Huista, Jacaltenango
About Harvest Blend
Brisk mornings and crisp nights make for ideal coffee drinking weather. Maybe that's why we love autumn so much here in the Driftless—it gives us one more reason to indulge in our quest for the perfect cup. As with all of our seasonal blends, Harvest captures the fresh flavor profiles and delicate subtleties of this season’s standouts. A cozy roast of new arrivals from Guatemala, this blend is clean and expressive with a full body to bolster you for the coming cold.
Perched high above the dusty streets of Concepción Huista in Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, the highest mountain range in Central America, the Mayan farmers of the CODECH Cooperative grow exceptional coffee nestled amongst looming peaks. The cooperative is comprised of four primary coffee producing associations, each representing four or five farming communities. Over the years, we’ve honed in on coffees from three of their higher altitude associations: ADIPY, ADAT, and ADINTHEC. These associations collect coffee from the Canalaj and O'ejnhah communities, which are made up of indigenous Popti, Mam and Q’anjob’al branches of the Mayan family. These growers honor the tradition of coffee farming in this region by primarily planting traditional varieties, giving their coffee a distinctive and nuanced flavor profile. These varieties and favorable altitude, paired with the farmers' attention to detail in the growing, harvesting and processing of these coffees, result in some of the best coffee Huehuetenango has to offer.
About RIO AZUL
The Rio Azul Cooperative is named for the crystalline, aqua-blue river that snakes through the lush rainforests of remote, western Guatemala. Founded in 1967 by a group of indigenous, Jacaltec Mayans, the cooperative's dedication to quality is rooted in a goal of supporting its 217 farmer-members. By refining its process, the cooperative can fetch a premium price, providing a better life for its members and their families. During the harvest, farmers bring their coffee to be centrally wet-processed in small batches in the nearby town of Jacaltenango, just walking distance from their farms. A rarity for small farmer cooperatives in Central America, their centralized mill affords them greater control and consistency in processing and drying their coffee cherries. With an eye always towards improvement, Rio Azul never fails to set a high bar.
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