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Guatemala, El Limonar, Hugo Chávez Mendez, Washed Process

Flavors of fruit commands most of the attention from this coffee: blood orange, raspberries, tart cherry. While the fruit takes the leading role, drinking this coffee is like when you've settled down to a sun-bleached table in the yard and the breeze brings an amazing bouquet of summer wildflowers beneath your nose. The balanced acidity certainly of this one makes us want to drink it all morning and well into the afternoon.

(Coffee Review, 92 Points)

Blind assessment: Crisp, delicate, sweetly herbaceous. Roasted cacao nib, lemon verbena, almond brittle, date, freesia-like flowers in aroma and cup. Sweetly tart structure with bright, citrusy acidity; delicate, silky mouthfeel. The resonant finish is crisply sweet and richly drying, with notes of lemon verbena and cocoa nib.

The bottom line: A bright, crisp, cocoa-toned Guatemala coffee with a throughline of sweet herbs suggesting a fragrant lemon verbena.

The Story

Hugo Chávez Mendez is growing coffee on his family’s farm in the San Pedro Necta municipality in the remote coffee growing area of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Don Hugo is the third generation of farmer, working the land his grandfather, José Olivia Chávez founded in the 1940s, called Finca El Limonar.

Fresh spring water is central to the farm, serving hydro-powered processing equipment, drinking water, and use in washing coffee. El Limonar is certified by the Rainforest Alliance, insuring at least 25% of the land is natural or replanted forest, and water use is monitored closely along with other requirements for the farm's certification.

As one of Anacafe’s 8 designated coffee origins, the Huehuetenango coffees continue to impress us with this particular coffee being some of the highest quality we've ever experienced from Guatemala within the mere mortals price range. Examining the green coffee upon arrival proved to be fascinating due to how immaculately clean it is which carries through in the cup that tastes like classic Guatemalan coffee with a modern twist.

Origin Information

Hugo Chávez Mendez
Bourbon, Caturra, Mundo Novo
San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
October 2017 - February 2018
1524 - 1850 masl (roughly a mile high)
Sandy loam
Fully washed after pulping and fermenting
Brewing Method Recommendation: Automatic and manual filter brew are our favorites methods for this unique coffee but lovers of bright, fruity, floral and syrupy espresso will not be disappointed. For filter brew manual or automatic drip machine, we think it tastes great at a solid 16:1 water to coffee ratio.
    • Filter/Pourover Recipe
      • Dose · 25g 
      • Water · 400g
      • Ratio: 16 to 1 Water to Coffee
      • Temp · 203F
      • Brew Time: 4:00-4:30 is a little on the slow side, but makes for a really nicely balanced, full bodied cup.
    • Espresso Recipe
      • Coffee Dose In  · 20g 
      • Beverage Weight Out · 45g
      • Ratio: 2.25:1 
      • Brew Time: 26-30seconds
      • Temp · 201F

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