|Aroma||Chocolatey and nutty|
|Flavour||Chocolate, cherries, caramel and nuts|
The Guatemalan coffee industry is a formidable one. Producing coffees from areas in the volcanic mountain ranges such as Huehuetenango, Coban, Fraijanes and Antigua – Guatemala is as famous for its regional specials as it is for the SHB and HB grades it more commonly exports.
Guatemala Los Volcanos comes from one of Guatemala’s most beautiful and captivating valleys, Antigua. The region’s rich volcanic soil and cool weather provide the perfect conditions for producing some of the world’s most prized coffees.
Los Volcanos is a blend of Bourbon cherries processed at Beneficio, which is owned by the Zelaya family. The mill uses traditional washing and sun-drying processes.
The Zelaya family has been producing coffee for decades, and its experience shows in every cup. Some of the cherries come from the Zelaya’s own farms, while others come from experienced coffee families in the surrounding areas.
The Zelayas focus on several agricultural techniques to improve soil health and overall quality, including pruning, soil enrichment and disease prevention methods. They also work with hundreds of small farmers in the surrounding areas to help them achieve similarly sound environmental practices, often processing their cherries at the family mill.
A mixture of small holder farms and larger estates make up the mainly washed production of Guatemala. Guatemala really does offer it all. Producers in Guatemala are passionate and careful with their crop, and whilst local infrastructure may not always favour them, this does little to deter the determination for producing ever better cupping coffees year after year.