Cupping notes: Maple, orange, milk chocolate and fruit notes; syrupy body, juicy acidity; sweet and complex.
Huehuetenango is one of Guatemala’s three non-volcanic regions, as well as its highest and driest under cultivation, making it one of the best for coffee production.
Currents of hot air sweep up from the Plains of Tehuantepec, in Oaxaca, Mexico, and mix here with the cool air descending from the Cuchumatanes Mountains, creating a microclimate that’s protected from frost and allowing coffee to be cultivated at up to 2,000 meters.
Huehuetenango’s extreme remoteness requires that nearly all producers process their own coffee. Fortunately, the region has abundant rivers and streams, making it relatively easy for producers to set up mills. Still more fortunately, Huehue’s geographic conditions help to create exceptional coffees with a distinct acidity and fruity flavors.
SHB (Strictly Hard Bean) specifies that the coffee was grown at an altitude above 1,350 meters. (This term is also synonymous with SHG/Strictly High Grown, a classification that’s higher than HB.) EP (European Preparation) means that the green coffee was sorted by hand to remove any defective beans and foreign material.
Four producers from the Huehuetenango region contributed to this coffee:
—Lety Anzueto, from finca Isnul in La Democracia;
—Lety Perez, from finca Buenos Aires Huixoc in La Democracia;
—Rene Perez, from Finca La Reforma, in Cuilco; and
—Willy Perez, from Finca Las Americas and Finca San Antonio, both of which are in Agua Dulce.
Traders’ note: This coffee arrived in April 2018 and has been a delicious surprise and a staff favorite, for its bright, juicy acidity, syrupy body and classic flavors of sweet orange and milk chocolate.