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.
The Familia Zelaya
Bourbon, Villa Sarchi
1300 - 1700 Meters
November - February
Pear, Fennel, Aromatic
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.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel.
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