||Guatemala La Esperanza Washed Cup of Excellence 2012
Finca La Esperanza was founded in 1956 by Mr. Heleodoro de Jesús Villatoro López, in El Bojonal, a small village in La Libertad, Huehuetenango. Later he moved to another small village called Hoja Blanca and after that, he focused his efforts on the quality of his coffee. His efforts prevail through the second and third generations of his family.
The farm is located in La Libertad, Huehuetenango, North-East of Guatemala, with an altitude of 1650 masl, and has an area of 50.61 hectares (38.75 hectares cultivated in coffee). Different factors define the micro-climate, such as warm and cold winds, heavy rain patterns, humidity, position of the land, temperatures (with an average 18-20°C), and sandy-clay soils. The farm's coffee varieties are Bourbon, Caturra and Pacamara.
This farm is fortunate to be surrounded by three beautiful mountains, one of which has a virgin natural forest at its centre, which allows a pleasant natural environment. Although the topography is steep, the crop management makes it different and unique in its quality.
This is a Pacamara varietal normally found in places like El Salvador, and is a hybrid varietal of the giant bean Maragogype and the El Salvadorian Pacas mutant varietal. It gives an unusually large bean and a unique and interesting taste.
In the cup expect a bowl of oranges. That's it; oranges, satsumas, mandarins, clemantines, blood oranges: you get the picture. This is one of those occasions where a coffee doesn't taste like oranges, but tastes of oranges.
Farm: La Esperanza
Farmer: Villatoro Lopez, Eleodoro De Jesús
City: La Libertad
Farm Size: 51.00 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 34.00 Hectares
Altitude: 1650 masl
Processing System: Washed
This one is great at medium roast to medium dark. Anywhere after first crack.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Oranges, oranges, oranges, oranges and oranges.
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