GUATEMALA ANTIGUA DURAZNITO
Our February coffee of the month is sold out. Our new coffee of the month will be available in March.
Our February coffee of the month is a day lot from the Bella Vista mill in Antigua, Guatemala. It is juicy and balanced with a vibrant acidity and rich bitterness. The cup starts with fruit acidity up front, with juicy notes of pomegranate and acai berry highlighting the first half of the cup. In the middle, the rich dark chocolate notes appear and meld with the fruit notes into the juicy, lingering chocolate finish. Our cupping team agreed that this coffee has the potential to be one of the more popular coffee of the month offerings this year.
Roast Color: Medium-Dark
Cupping Notes: Dark Chocolate, Pomegranate, Acai Berry
About the coffee of the month: We feature a new coffee every month. This allows us to explore more of the world of coffee outside of our normal offerings. It is available this month only, while supplies last.
Story: Luis Pedro Zelaya is a fourth-generation producer and miller who for the past 20 years has established one of the best quality reputations in the country. His combination wet and dry mill in Antigua services the coffee produced from his family estates, which are some of the oldest in the country, as well as hundreds of smallholders across the greater Antigua area. As a result of relentless perfectionism from harvest management to dry-milling and customer service, the brands designed and produced by Zelaya’s mill, particularly Bella Carmona and Hunapú, are some of the best-recognized Central American coffees in the specialty world.
Coffee is grown and picked by individual smallholders, and processed centrally at Bella Vista. Cherry is picked up on rotation in small amounts from specific sites on schedule, and then fully processed and dried individually as “day lots”—the equivalent to a single day’s picking on a large estate. This coffee is one of 4 carefully selected day lots from Duraznito farmer community, cupped and separated by the Bella Vista quality team.
Bella Vista has been receiving smallholder cherry this way for many years. As they got to know the smallholder landscape they realized there was an opportunity to make more separations within the regional blends and create better market opportunities for their contributing farmers. Once they started cupping by sub-region, they quickly tasted the potential in “Duraznito”, one of the highest elevations in Antigua growing primarily bourbon in highly volcanic soils.