Subtle melon notes evoke the sensation of honeydew. Tied-together with an herbal lemongrass quality and creamy texture, this year’s Pulcal returns to our menu, nearly as elegant as delightful Maria Zelaya herself.
Maria Zelaya Aguirre
December - March
Melon, Lemongrass, Creamy
After two unsuccessful attempts (on account of earthquakes and floods) at settlement, Spanish conquistadors settled present-day “Antigua” in 1543 which would remain the military epicenter of the Spanish Colony of Guatemala (read: Central America) for the following 200 years.
Thriving principally on the profits of the coloring material, indigo; coffee wouldn’t gain popularity as a cash crop until the late 1800s when chemical dyes would see to the decline of the indigo industry. Several years later, the familia Zelaya would purchase Hacienda Carmona - formerly occupied by the president of Guatemala - and their small coffee empire would be born.
Today, coffee from Hacienda Carmona (branded “Cafe Pulcal”) remains overseen by third-generation coffee farmer Maria Zelaya Aguirre and her nephew Luis Pedro Zelaya Zamora. After harvesting, these ripe yellow bourbon cherries are pulped, washed and dried on-site in the shadow of the looming Volcan de Agua.
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.