Guatemala Finca Los Aguacatones Microlot
Altitude: 2.000 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Bourbon, Villa Sarchi, Typica
Tasting Notes: candied pineapple, caramel, punchy
This is the first natural process Guatemalan coffee we’ve had at Steampunk. We love the deliciously sweet orangey, chocolatey washed lots from this origin, and now we’re so excited to have this super juicy peachy coffee on our shelves this spring. In our roasts we taste candied pineapple and caramel.
The intensity and complexity of the flavours is due partly to the high altitude at which this coffee is grown and partly to the natural processing method, which means the whole cherries were dried before the fruit was removed from the bean.
Los Aguacatones was originally an avocado farm (aguacate is Spanish for avocado) owned by the Morales family. However, a fire burned most of the avocado trees and they decided to turn it to coffee production. Natural coffees are a good option for the farm because there’s limited water on Los Aguatacones. All of their coffee trees are grown using an irrigation system they installed that uses rainwater catchment tanks to collect water for the plants. Despite the challenges they faced with water supply, the Morales family has focused on soil quality and reforesting Los Aguacatones to provide shade covering for the coffee trees. Their work paid off in 2011 when they placed in the top 10 of the Cup of Excellence. After that win the family decided to expand production on the farm, planting more seeds from another farm they owned. Most recently they took 4th place in the 2020 CoE competition with a coffee scoring 88.94 and selling in the auction for 30.20 USD/lb.
Coffee harvesting in Guatemala was devastated in November 2020 by hurricanes Eta and Iota, which hit Honduras and Guatemala in quick succession. Huehuetenango, the region where Los Aguacatones is located, was spared the worst effects of flooding and landslides, though the wet weather delayed harvesting. The impact of climate change on the coffee industry in Guatemala is relatively large because most farmers are smallholders and cannot withstand the risk posed by unpredictable weather and potential lost harvests. Bloomberg reported in 2020 that most small farmers in Guatemala were operating at a loss. There has also been a labour shortage in the last few years as a result of the Covid pandemic. Meanwhile coffee is a huge part of the Guatemalan economy. It’s the second largest agricultural export (after sugar) and is considered by the government to be part of the country’s “intangible heritage.”
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