La Candelaria: Lot 603

Pear · Fennel · Aromatic


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Read about how Lot 603 received its name.


Situated on the slopes of Volcán Acatenango, in the shadow of Volcán de Fuego, which erupted on June 3, 2018 and has caused widespread devastation in the area, we are humbled to release, La Candelaria. Buried under the ash from Volcan De Fuego this lot of La Candelaria tastes like something closer to a coffee coming out of East Africa than Guatemala. With strong aromatics, and an acidity like pear this coffee will intrigue you with its dense herbal quality similar to fennel and anise.

  • Bean Details

    The Familia Zelaya






    Bourbon, Villa Sarchi




    1300 - 1700 Meters


    November - February

    Tasting Notes

    Pear, Fennel, Aromatic

  • Farmlevel Story


    Shortly southwest of Antigua, on the eastern slopes of the behemoth Volcan Acatenango lies the small municipality of Alotenango. In a time before the value of specialty coffee was realized, coffee from Alotenango would be sold as - and blended-in with - that with the name “Antigua” to profit from the premium associated with the region. Only recently has the industry begun to value coffees from Alotenango as a micro-region of its own, characterized by its volcanic topography and nearer proximity to the Caribbean Sea.

    This year’s selection of coffee from Finca Candelaria was assembled through the extensive process of evaluating “day-lots” from the estate. A day-lot can represent anything from a plot, or location, on the farm to a specific day of harvest and can range from 5 to 50 (46 kg) bags. Over 7,000 bags of coffee from the Candelaria estate were evaluated by our green coffee buyers to select those which we felt best to represent this unique region.

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