About the Producer
Perched high above the dusty streets of Concepción Huista in Sierra de los Cuchumatanes -- the highest mountain range in Central America -- the Mayan farmers of the CODECH Cooperative grow some of the best coffee in Guatemala. This is one of our very first relationship coffees, first sourcing their coffee ten years ago in 2012. We were unable to make our annual sourcing trip to Huehuetenango this year due to travel restrictions, but we're beyond excited to return next year to collaborate with the quality control team on lot selection and farm production techniques. This year’s lot comes from the Adat community and more specifically from producers around the town of Todo Santos Cuchumatan.
About the Coffee
Producers in this area grow almost exclusively heirloom varieties on their remote, high altitude farms. These unique varieties showcase a distinct clarity of fruit and brightness that gets lost in most hybridized varieties. This year, we implemented detailed drying specifications with these lots, which will enable greater quality and stability over time. We have noticed that lots with moisture content below 10.5% perform significantly better as they age. And because we typically roast coffees from CODECH for 6-7 months after they arrive into our roastery, that quality stability is incredibly important.
Why We Love It
The coffee grown in the unique microclimate around the town of Todo Santos is among our favorites in all of Latin America. We have been buying from individual producers in this area directly for 6 years now and we have seen continual improvements each year. Look out for stunning notes of raspberry, kiwi, and a distinct hibiscus flavor unique to coffees from this part of the world. Enjoy!