Notes: Kiwi, Hazelnut & Marshmallow
Origin: Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Producer: Multiple Smallholder Farmers
Importer: Red Fox Coffee Merchants
Processing: Fully Washed
Altitude: 2000 masl
Harvest: Spring 2021
Varieties: Caturra, Bourbon & Typica
With altitudes reaching over 2000 masl, Chimaltenango produces some world class coffees with immensely balanced and approachable characteristics. The cup profile truly is classic Guatemala with a little something extra showcasing sweetness and depth with a plush marshmallow like mouthfeel, flavors of toasted nut and tropical fruit.
Small producers in northern Chimaltenango call Typica ‘gigante,’ or ‘giant,’ for the long curved shape of the seed. Typica is planted abundantly, alongside smaller amounts of Bourbon and Caturra, in an area of northern Chimaltenango defined by San Jose Poaquil, Comalapa, and San Martin Jilotepeque. This region has ideal conditions for growing these older varieties, with elevations exceeding 2050 masl. These smallholders often have less than one hectare of coffee planted and most harvest their own cherries, taking them to nearby receiving stations where they are processed and dried in Antigua.