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Guatemala Huehuetenango - Jorge Luis Sanchez

Honey, graham cracker, toffee, nice acidity
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
Status Spot
Lot Number P609704-5
  • 8 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Jorge Luis has been dedicated to his coffee for the last twenty-eight years, coffee has been his way to make a living for him and his wife, son and four daughters.

Jorge has one of the most innovative agro forestry farms that we have seen in Huehuetenango. For context the region has plenty of altitude but lacks water. This provides a rather stressful enviornment for the coffee. Jorge has two main crops. Peach and coffee. He grows peach as his shade tree over the coffee. Peach in this region actually has a different harvest cycle from his coffee. As soon as he finishes the coffee harvest in March or April the peaches are already filling out on his trees. In July/August the peaches are full then picked for harvest. In the Fall, Jorge has a short break before starting to prep for the coffee harvest. During the coffee harvest which starts in December the peach trees drop their leaves adding organic fertilizer to the coffee and allowing much needed sun to encourage the ripening of the coffee during the cold winter days.

Country of Origin Guatemala
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Caturra Roja, Pache, Red Bourbon
Region Santa Barbara, Huehuetenango
Farm Name Finca San Luis
Growing Altitude 1800m

History of Coffee in Guatemala

Although coffee was brought over from the Caribbean in the mid-18th century by Jesuit priests, it was used primarily as an ornamental plant and garden crop for 100 years in Guatemala. Coffee wasn’t widely traded, however, until commercial production began in the 1850s. The volcanic soil and various micro-climates proved ideal for growing coffee in Guatemala. Coffee, within a generation, became the country’s most important crop. In 1860, Guatemala exported 140,000 pounds of coffee, and just 25 years later, the country was exporting over 40 million pounds. Large numbers of coffee farmers were German immigrants responsible for many inventions and innovations related to coffee milling. Most of Guatemala’s coffee was exported to Germany until the First World War, when exports shifted to the United States.

Growing Coffee in Guatemala

Coffee farming practices are similar to other countries in the region, but Guatemala has an abundance of water, volcanic soil, and very distinct micro-climates compared to its neighbors. Although late to coffee, Guatemala recognized and responded to the needs of the emerging specialty coffee sector earlier than most coffee-producing regions. Anacafé, the coffee producers association in Guatemala, identifies seven growing regions: Fraijanes, the plateau south of Guatemala City; Coban, a rainforest region in the center of the country; Huehuetenango, highlands near the border with Mexico; Atitlan, primarily the volcanic mountains on the Pacific side of Lake Atitlan; San Marcos, between Huehuetenango and the Pacific Ocean; Oriente, the driest of the growing regions located near the eastern border with Honduras; and the most famous of all, Antigua, nestled among the volcanoes an hour’s drive southwest of Guatemala City.

  • Status Spot
  • Region Santa Barbara, Huehuetenango
  • Farm Name Finca San Luis
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Caturra Roja, Pache, Red Bourbon
  • Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB
  • Growing Altitude 1800m
  • Country of Origin Guatemala
  • Warehouse The Annex
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  • CTRM Contract Number P609704-5