Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca El Sarral Washed (200g)
Altitude: 1250 – 1400 masl
Varietal: Bourbon & Caturra
Tasting Notes: Orange juice and nuts; sweet, balanced and easy to drink
This fully washed coffee is from the farm of the family-owned coffee exporter Vides58 in Guatemala. After selective handpicking, cherry from Finca El Sarral is delivered to the wet mill at its neighboring Vides58 farm, Finca La Bolsa. Cherry is pulped and then dry fermented for 24 to 36 hours. Parchment is then washed in clean water and dried using a mixture of sun drying on a patio and a mechanical Guardiola dryer. It takes a total of 10 to 12 days for parchment to dry fully.
Huehuetenango is well-known for its high altitude and consistent weather patterns. The region lies at a nexus of hot air sweeping eastwards from the Plains of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, Mexico and cool air rushing down from the Cuchumantanes Mountains. The meeting of this hot and cold air creates a microclimate that keeps frost in check and enables coffee cultivation at higher altitudes: coffee production at 2,000 meters above sea level is common. These conditions are perfect for producing the sparkling acidity and distinctive fruit flavors of the region.
A balanced coffee that is not overly complex and yet delicious and reliable, something you can drink day in and day out without having to be meticulous with the brewing process.