Guatemala San Martin Jilotepeque
A crowd-pleasing brew, bittersweet and balanced, a weft of Dutch cocoa, chocolate sauce, caramelized sugar, pistachio, torrone, sweet cream, and malted milk balls. Good for espresso.
Region: San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango
Variety: Bourbon, Bourboncito, Caturra, Catuai, Typica, Catimor, Anacafe 14
Altitude: 1800-1900 masl
Processing: Wet Process (Washed)
Certification: Farm Gate
This lot is made up from the coffee of several small holders in and around the town of San Martin Jilotepeque, about 2 hours south of Antigua, in Guatemala's Chimaltenango Municipality. The group of farmers who are part of this buying project are banded together around Chepe Garcia, a local farmer himself, who's taken the job of organizing and collecting coffee cherry to be sold. Unlike some of the other Guatemala buying projects we are a part of, this one differs in that the coffee is sold by Chepe in whole cherry, not parchment. So instead of each individual lot being processed by the farmer, they are all mixed together each week and delivered to a coffee mill in nearby Antigua where it's processed. Starting with whole cherry, the mill has an added layer of control over isolating the coffee by grade, making sure that only ripe cherry makes it into the top grades. They remove the overripe and uder-ripe coffee using methods like floatation before the coffee is depulped, and then long washing channels after fermentation. San Martin Jilotepeque town is at about 1800 meters and Chepe's farm that we visited, Finca Magnolia, tops out at just over 1900 meters.
Description from Coffee Shrub.
Smooth Cup of Coffee
Ordering a breeze, fast delivery and enjoying the excellent coffee. Hardest part is making up my mind of what to order. Seeing a coffee adventure in our future.