Santa Clara - Guatemala 'washed'

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Santa Clara - Guatemala 'washed'

from 19.00

Producer: Zelaya Family
Altitude: 1600m - 1830m
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra
Processing: Washed
Tasting Notes: Roasted Hazelnuts, Spices & Dark Chocolate

The Zelaya family has been growing coffee for over 100 years and four generations. is renowned family owns farms throughout Guatemala and grows one of only a handful of genuine ‘Antigua’ coffees (coffees grown in the Antigua valley area bounded by three volcanoes – Agua, Acatenango and Fuego). Ricardo is passionately committed to both quality and sustainability. His farms are scrupulously well-managed – from the careful selection of varietals planted, to the close supervision of the dry and wet mills – both of which are located on the property and owned by Ricardo, giving him complete control over quality from picking through to export. At the mill, the fruit is pulped and fermented for 14-22 hours. The beans are then washed to remove any remaining pulp, and then carefully dried on Ricardo’s raised beds, with a greenhouse style enclosed canopy, that has walls that can be lined up and down to maximise air flow and control temperature and humidity. This method of drying allows Ricardo more control over the drying process, enabling him to ensure the coffee is dried slowly and evenly.

Once dry, the coffee is milled in Ricardo’s mill, with each step monitored closely to ensure high quality expectations are met. Throughout the process, Ricardo also ensures that all organic by-products are recycled and reused. The water used in the wet processing of the cherries is drained into sedimentation tanks to prevent pollution of the local river systems and the pulp is transformed to humus by worm culture.

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