1kg of specialty grade, medium roasted, arabica whole coffee beans.
What can we say about Guatemala to get you incredibly excited ?
Is it the ideal micro-climate for growing coffee with near perfect weather patterns and temperatures, or maybe it's the rich volcanic soils that are the envy of many other coffee growing regions around the world, or perhaps it's the lush high altitudes that promote excellent conditions for sensitive fine cup arabicas.
Any way you choose to look at it, Guatemala has so much going for it that those in the coffee industry with enough experience regard it as an origin capable of punching well above it's weight to produce amazing Cinderella moments - deep, dark chocolate bombs with sparkling acidity. I have always likened Guatemala to fireworks......an intensity overloaded with wonderful joy.
However, it's not without challenges and most of these are outside of the coffee farming realm.
Political instability, dire economic conditions, increasing violence, poverty, a general lack of infrastructure and services, Guatemala seems destined like some of it's Central American neighbours to experience tumultuous moments of darkness.
When our coffee brokers have travelled to Guatemala and I ask them about the trip, overwhelmingly it's a sombre story of despair. Too many coffee farmers are living in poverty. They exist in constant fear of risks in unexpected random acts of violence that have become a part of daily life for many villages. It seems the government is unable to reset, control and build a modern nation, with continued levels of unchecked corruption.
Against this background of chaos exists a sublime coffee industry. Farmers surviving in almost impossible financial conditions turning out mind blowing qualities.
For our July 2020 coffee of the month, we have a wonderful coffee from the Todosanterita Co-operative, a special community in Guatemala's Todos Santos area, located in Huehuetenango over the Cuchumatanes ranges at altitude of 2000 metres above sea level, surrounded by high mountains and largely isolated from many transport hubs and normal infrastructure, hence the Co-op has it's own milling and processing facilities.
The Todosanterita cooperative was founded in the mid-1980s by an original 20 members and now consists of 130 members, 16 of which are women heads of household.
The Co-Op has a combined output of almost 380,000 kilos of coffee each harvest, of which only a part are sold via direct channels obtaining better prices, like the lot we purchased. These higher quality coffees provide better prices for farmers that in turn help fund community facilities like education and health services.
A micro lot coffee with impeccable credentials that quite frankly would be a crying shame to blend it with anything else. Nope, this puppy is going out the door in it's full intended unvarnished glory.
To understand what we mean by the term "micro lot", it's the best of the best for that coffee plantation, estate or region. The farmers know which are the highest quality cherries, what tastes the best, etc. and they grade the coffees before preparing the harvest for sale to Co-ops, exporters or processors.
In other words, imagine having first right to pick the top tasting coffees of a crop, that's what is meant by micro lot - however unfortunately too many companies use the term in order to exaggerate the quality or pretend their coffees are a level above everything else.
This lot is something quite amazing and is clearly better than anything else you will be served in a cafe with delicious flavours of red apple, blackcurrants, crisp acidity and floral notes, a silky smooth texture and a long, creamy chocolate and hazelnut finish.
The best coffees work across both black and milk-based coffee beverages - this is it !
Coffees of this quality don't sell for under $50 a kilo elsewhere.
AROMA - Cocoa, nutty
FLAVOUR - red apple, blackcurrent fruits, chocolate and hazelnut
ACIDITY - Balanced, refined, sweet.
BODY - Silky.
BALANCE - Almost perfect.
AFTERTASTE - Long creamy finish of chocolate and hazelnut.
OVERALL - Clean juicy flavors work exceptionally well as a black or in milk.
NOTE:- 1kg packs only, sorry no 500g packs.
We only have a limited quantity of this superb microlot - that means, once it's gone it will disappear from our store and won't return.
As a micro-lot there is only a small, fixed amount available - so don't miss out !
This is an exceptional micro lot coffee from a proud community of indigenous coffee farmers.
Exceptional balance across both black and milk-based beverages, I doubt we have come across such a versatile coffee in a long while.
There's only a couple of tons of this coffee and it will move really fast, so don't sit on your hands wondering what it's like - take it from me, it's amazing.