El Pajal, Guatemala
For several years now, we’ve sourced coffee from small producers of Bourbón variety coffee outside of Antigua, Guatemala. These producers are clustered around towns on the slopes of the Agua and Acatenango volcanoes, and collectively they are known as the Hunapú producers. With the help of renowned miller and exporter Luis Pedro Zelaya, we’ve been able to select a particular lot from one outstanding producer, Eddy Barrientos.
Mr. Barrientos’ farm, Pajal, is just up the mountain from San Miguel Dueñas, at an elevation of 1730 meters above sea level. Though others in the area have been affected by an epidemic of coffee leaf rust, Mr. Barrientos took particular care, renewing sick plants and spraying to control the fungus.
As a result, the cup presents much of the classic Hunapú characteristics, with added nuance. Fruited and sweet, with flavors of raspberry, sweet orange and plum.