||Guatemala Finca Maravilla Washed Cup of Excellence 2013
||Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra
Located in the small town of La Libertad in Huehuetenango, which is a recognized coffee region located in the Northwest side of Guatemala the farm La Maravilla, a family run farm that produces Bourbon and Caturra at an altitude of 1650-1800 masl.
Owned by Guillermo Rosales and his son Mauricio Rosales, they bought this 21.84 hectares in 1997 that they named La Maravilla. Back then you could only get to the farm by walking or by horse. Money was tight, the farm was without electricity and other basic facilities, but what they did have was a hard work ethic and the support from other coffee growers of the region.
In July 1997 they planted for first time, 1.21 hectares; some plants were donated by neighbouring producers Octavio Alfaro and Hugo Avila Díaz. At that time everything was done by mules and hard work, only in recent years did they get a road and vehicles.
Their first production was in 2000, they produced on that year 1,300 pounds (a very small harvest by any standards). Later in 2004 the Rosales family decided to buy more land and expand La Maravilla, they introduced its own wet mill which included fermentation tanks, a water treatment plant and workers accommodation which provided 14 rooms for the harvest season workers.
In the cup expect a bright hit of citrus lemons and oranges, then a blast of red fruit (think strawberries and red currant) finishing with a creamy silky mouthfeel.
Farmer: Rosales Vasquez, Mauricio
City: La Libertad
Farm Size: 24.68 hectares
Altitude: 1650-1800 masl
Variety: Bourbon / Caturra
Processing System: Washed
This one is great at medium roast to medium dark. Anywhere after first crack and around 20 or so seconds into second.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Citrus, lemons, oranges, strawberries, red currant, creamy.
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