Guatemala Finca Vista Hermosa SHB Huehuetenango Michicoy Micro Lot 2009


Bean name Guatemala Finca Vista Hermosa SHB Huehuetenango Michicoy Micro Lot 2009
Country Guatemala
Region Huehuetenango
Other info Caturra, Bourbon


This coffee is one that's been on my radar for quite a while but we have never been able to get our hands on it. I first heard of/spoke to the grower on an internet forum. Edwin is US educated but Guatemalan born and very passionate about his home country. He's very intelligent and articulate. I'm a big fan of his blog (though it has been a little quiet on there lately).

Having got to know a bit about Edwin via his blog, I then came across his coffee in the 2007 Guatemalan Cup of Excellence where it finished 8th. I liked the lot very much and we were in the auction bidding for it right up to the end Unfortunately, things fell apart for us and we didn't manage to secure the lot. I also sampled some that was sourced from the famous 'Coffee Collective' in Denmark who are big supporters of this coffee. I could easily see why they are so keen on the coffee when we tried it. I've always kept in touch with Edwin, and last year we sent an England shirt to one of the children on the farm (see the post here).

Despite all this, it still seemed impossible to think we would ever to get some of this coffee, and I didn't really think much about it. So a phone call a couple of weeks ago from a Danish transport company completely out the blue and some messages from the guys at Coffee Collective came as quite a surprise. Apparently Edwin had picked out some of this small lot for us and just sent it with the Coffee Collective's shipment. Now normally I would never buy coffee this way, I didn't know how much it was, and had not tasted this year's crop. We call it Russian roulette coffee. Actually, the first time I tasted it was here on the In My Mug video. The good news is we liked it - good job really!

This coffee comes from Michicoy which is the first part of the farm that the family bought in 1957. I asked Edwin for a little more info on the farm, and he kindly sent me this.

"My grandfather used to leave Friday afternoon from the city of Huehue and make the 8 hour trip leaving around 5 p.m. - hiking through the night to arrive by 1:00 a.m. Sat to get up at 6 to work there all day and hike back that afternoon and be back in the city by 1:00 a.m. Sunday so he could go preach at his church Sunday morning and be there to work through the week as a pastor of the church. My grandmother would sew pants for infants and toddlers each day, she made more than my grandfather did and eventually my grandfather would sew pants from 3 or 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. each day. This is how they paid off Michicoy fairly quickly in just a few years. All this to say that much sacrifice has gone into this for many years.

It is a pretty steep lot, and has the original wetmill and fermentation tanks that we no longer use. This is also by far the most picturesque, where we take visitors to get all their picture taking out of their system... you know the droooling over the perfectly red ripe cherries on the trees. It is a slightly wetter land piece so even during dry season due to heavy trees and streams, this does not dry up as much as other lots so the acidity while very present and articulated and crisp it is not as intense as other lots where the acidity begins to dominate all else."

So in the cup this one is juicy sweet, and all the flavours that Edwin and his Grandfather talk about (above) are present in the profile. It has incredibly controlled acidity of sweet oranges and some floral that I think is jasmine. Then you get the mid body caramel and it finishes with a clean refreshing oranges again.

Farm: Vista Hermosa
Farmer: Martinez Pineda, Edwin
City: San Pedro Necta
Region: Huehuetenango
Country: Guatemala
Farm Size: 36.36 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 35.00 Hectares
Altitude: 1600 masl
Variety: Caturra, Bourbon
Processing System: Wet,
Drying Process: Sun

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 8/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 93

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