Time for a bunch of new coffees to be released into the wild, this is a first of a few that are coming.
Guatemala is somewhere I’m determined to do better at, and Antigua is somewhere I’ve searched for good coffee from, and had a tough time. Of course this is the fruit of the labour, and one I hope you enjoy
you can buy it here, or take a look below
The Alvarez family has been producing coffee at Finca Puerta Verde since the end of the 19th century. Their 41 hectare farm is located in Ciudad Vieja, Sacatapéquez, in the Panchoy valley. Puerta Verde is now owned and managed by the fourth generation of the family, who are committed to both quality and environmental sustainability.
The farm benefits from a rich volcanic soil and an average altitude of 1,540 metres. The coffee is grown under a protective shade canopy of Gravilea trees, which provide a great habitat for several local bird and insect species.
The cherries are picked by hand, before being pulped and sun dried at a local wet mill. Waste water from the process is recycled to avoid polluting local water courses. The coffee is then rested and milled prior to export.
In the cup this is dominated by a lovely grape like acidity, very zingy with a dark chocolate subtle sweetness that makes this not your typical Guatemalan.
Coffee: Finca Puerta Verde (Antigua)
Farm: Finca Puerta Verde
Varietal(s): Bourbon and Caturra
Processing: Fully washed and sun dried on concrete patios Altitude: 1,540 metres
Owner: Puerta Verde S.A. (Alvarez family)
City: Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez
Region: Antigua Valley