Guatemala La Esperanza


Guatemala La Esperanza


Varietal: Caturra

Altitude: 1650 meters    

Processing: Washed 

Taste: Sweet, Stone Fruit, Balanced with Subtle Spicy Finish

Francisco Morales is happy to talk about the coffees he's spent a lifetime cultivating.
He began his career in coffee at age 15, when he started selecting coffee seeds and started planting in his nursery for his first small lot by the road. He's faced many challenges over the years, but has grown his lot sizes and increased quality over time. In the year 2000 for example, prices dropped drastically. He bought neighboring land to increase production, and over the years has been able to provide for his family. He has 7 daughters and 20 grandchildren, and his youngest daughter is still looking for a husband!

Located in El Coyegual, La Esperanza is an incredible farm. The coffees characteristics are a fruit forward; balanced cup. His lots are manicured and his trees are well taken care of. His family's home sits across the valley from his farm and you can gaze over his entire estate from his drying patios.It's evident that a passion for producing great coffees has been passed down between generations during the 30 years this family has been growing. They are smart growers, too, and understand what is involved in producing great coffees between varietals. Quality control begins with very selective picking. Once the cherries are brought to the mill, they go through a two-stage process to remove any immature beans. After the washed process is complete, the coffee is patio dried over the course of the week to a 13% humidity level.

Aside from sourcing excellent coffees, he's very in touch with the farmers and hugely supportive of their commitment to producing a crop that will shine in the cup.

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