- Producer Mauricio Rosales
- Attributes Wet processed, bed dried, Caturra
- Origin Huehuetenango – Guatemala
- Flavours salted caramel, orange soda, milk chocolate, peanut brittle
The farm is a landscape of very steep undulating hills in a mini canyon all of its own. Mauricio has divided the farm into separate parcels of distinct varietals and altitudes. Pacayal is dedicated to Caturra. The power in buying separated parcels is maintaining the integrity of the very unique terroirs, all of which perfume differently in the fermentation tank and hence in the roaster.
The smallness of the family operation means Mauricio and his son Luis can be super anal about processing. Luis is studying agricultural engineering and is passionate about sustainable and smart agriculture. The farm captures rainwater in dams, recycles washing water as much as humanly possible and carefully decontaminates the small amount of waste water produced. The farm is full of lush shade trees – a necessity to avoid erosion on these steep slopes. La Libertad as a sub-region is a special microclimate, it’s a picturesque valley attracting much more rain clouds than most of Huehuetenango that this year suffered much more heavily from drought conditions. Kinda feels like the original Jurassic Park.
The particularly cold conditions at Finca La Maravilla influence fermentation and hence cup. Cherries are selectively hand-picked and depulped into very large cement tanks inside a fairly open structure exposed to the cold night breezes. Last year we found many lots to be almost too fruity because of such prolonged fermentation time – up to three days! Mauricio took on this feedback and went to work to bring down fermentation times – he closed the structure to protect from cold winds, and what was absolutely key recycling water from the previous days tank to dapple fresh cherries – kickstarting fermentations with an existing and thriving bacteria and yeast population.
In the cup all of this translates to a silky smooth espresso tantalising you with flavours of caramel, chocolate, and peanut brittle.
For more info on brewing your coffee for maximum enjoyment, check out the Brew Methods
page.Whole beans only. Roasted for espresso brewing.