Variety: Bourbon, Arabigo, Caturra
Altitude: 1600 m.a.s.l.
Producer: Various Smallholders
Notes: Milk Chocolate, Vanilla, Brown Spice, Pecan
Los Huipiles Guatemalan Raw Coffee
Huehuetenango farms sit high in the mountains ranging from 5,000 – 6,500 feet (2,000masl). This renowned region owes much to the dry, hot winds that come in from the mountains of Mexico’s Tehuantepec plain. The additional heat layers protect Huehuetenango from frost and enable coffee to grow at dizzying heights. The fact that Huehuetenango farms are so high up and remote means that producers must often set up their own micro-mills. Fortunately, Huehuetenango is also blessed with numerous rivers that facilitate washed-process coffee.
The Huipiles regional blend is a showcase that encapsulates the rich, complex flavors signature of the Huehuetenango Department. Many small communities coexist here, each with its own traditions that are reflected in its huipil design, a traditional garment with multiple panels stitched together. Each embroidered pattern is geography-specific, and the complexities of these designs are represented in the Huipiles regional blend. In the cup, a medium body with medium acidity is highlighted by sweet and aromatic notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, brown spices, pear, and pecan.
Guatemalan Green Coffee Beans
With its rich volcanic soil, mountainous terrain, and varied micro-climates, Guatemala is a perfect country for coffee cultivation. Centuries of agricultural history have transformed Guatemala into the spectacular coffee origin it is today, and Guatemalan green coffee beans are the delight of roasters and coffee drinkers alike. With its wide array of growing regions, Guatemala encourages a diverse range of outstanding flavor profiles. Read more in our Guatemala Coffee Origin Report.
Guatemalan Coffee Quality
A Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) coffee grows at altitudes of 1,200 meters above sea level or higher. When coffee cherries grow at high altitudes, they tend to mature more slowly. This allows the fruit to take in more nutrients, resulting in denser, sweeter green coffee beans that are considered higher quality. During dry milling, this lot was further sorted to European Preparation (EP) specifications with a minimum screen size of 15 and above and a maximum of eight defects within 300 grams.
In the “washed” or “wet” process coffee cherries are floated and sorted to ensure consistent ripeness and to remove any defective cherries. The seeds (coffee beans) are then removed from their skins using depulping machines and typically moved to fermentation tanks to remove the mucilage—the remaining fruit remnants. Afterward, the coffee is sun-dried until it reaches the optimal moisture level.
Washed processing has become widely popular. The cup profile of washed coffees tends to reflect the terroir of the coffee. The processing method allows the growing conditions, the region, and the true character of the coffee to shine through.
Note: To ensure the highest quality, all coffee is roasted to order. This can take 24 - 72 hours after the order has been received and according to the roasting schedule. You will be notified through email when the order has shipped or is ready for local pickup.