Origin : Guatemala
Farm: San Fernando Estate
Varietal : Pacamara
Growing Altitude : 1,400-1,450 mtrs
Process : Washed
Very fruity in aroma, with guava and apricot notes, natural sweetness, juicy full body, low-medium acidity and long clean finish.
This beautiful washed Pacamara comes from La Democracia Micro-region of Huehuetenango. Generally coffee farms are owned and managed by men, however this one is an exception. San Fernando Estate is owned and managed by Ms Olga Alfaro, who personally oversees the day to day operations on the estate.
Huehuetenango is the highest coffee region under cultivation in Guatemala, as well as the driest. It is also by far the most rugged area in Guatemala, with coffee cultivated in broken and very steep terrain. Thanks to the dry, hot winds that blow into the mountains from the Tehuantepec plain in Mexico, the region is protected from frost, allowing coffee to be cultivated up to 2100 meters.
Huehuetenango’s extreme remoteness requires that virtually every producer, large of small, individual or farm, process his own coffee. Fortunately the region has an almost infinite number of rivers and streams, so a mill can be located virtually anywhere.
Guatemalan coffee is revered as one of the most flavourful and nuanced cups in the world and with so many growing regions the coffees vary throughout the country both in their cup quality & potential. Most of the coffee in Guatemala these days is grown with the right altitude, soil and climate conditions and most are grown with good quality production and processing systems, resulting in some very good to truly exceptional coffees.
German immigrants introduced coffee cultivation in Guatemala in the 19th century, and coffee has since become a major industry with nearly one quarter of the population involved in coffee production. Guatemala’s high-grown beans (above 4500 feet) are among the world’s best coffee, especially those beans grown on southern volcanic slopes. This country produces 3.5 million bags per year. Coveted blends are the Atitlan and the Huehuetenango.
What makes Guatemalan coffees so unique is its high altitudes, diverse microclimates, consistent rainfall patterns, and excellent cultivation and processing, hence producing a variety of distinctive types of Guatemalan arabica coffees.
specialty coffees with unique characteristics. These eight regions are; Acatenango Valley, Antigua Coffee, Traditional Atitlán, Rainforest Cobán, Fraijanes Plateau, Highland Huehue, New Oriente and Volcanic San Marcos.