Caturra, Bourbon & Typica
On Farm Processing: Dry fermentation, Washed, Patio Drying
La Unidad Cooperative; CODECH Cooperative
San Marcos & Huehuetenango Guatemala
About Harvest Blend
Brisk mornings and cool nights make for great coffee drinking weather. Maybe that's why we love fall so much here in the Driftless—it gives us one more reason to indulge in our quest for the perfect autumnal cup.
With all of our seasonal blends, we try to tip our hat to what's fresh and delightful, and this year's Harvest Blend is no different. A dynamic roast of two fresh crop arrivals from Guatemala, La Unidad, and CODECH. Both of these farmer-owned cooperatives are located in the remote highlands of Western Guatemala, only a short drive from the border of Mexico. We have been visiting and buying from both of these organizations for several years and they are consistently producing some of the most elegant coffees that we've tasted from anywhere in the country.
This year’s blend offers distinct notes of dried fruits with a maple syrup sweetness and a crisp, elegant finish. It is like putting on that well-worn sweatshirt on a cool morning. Perfection.
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 exceptional coffee nestled amongst looming peaks. The cooperative is composed of four primary coffee producing associations, each representing four or five farming communities. Over the years, we’ve honed in on coffees from three of their higher altitude associations: ADIPY, ADAT, and ADINTHEC. These associations collect coffee from the Canalaj and O'ejnhah communities, which are made up of indigenous Popti, Mam and Q’anjob’al branches of the Mayan family. These growers honor the tradition of coffee farming in this region by primarily planting traditional varieties, giving their coffee a distinctive and nuanced flavor profile. These varieties and favorable altitude, paired with the farmers' attention to detail in the growing, harvesting and processing of these coffees, result in some of the best coffee Huehuetenango has to offer.
About La Unidad
This is our third year purchasing from La Unidad Cooperative, located in the department of San Marcos in Western Guatemala. They are a member of the exporting organization Manos Campesinas, headed up by our long time friend Miguel Mateo. This is a partnership that originated with our importing cooperative, Cooperative Coffees. Our cooperative first started working with Manos in 1998. Since then, Manos has been growing in the communities that they work with - including their relationship with La Unidad. We have been loving this coffee since we first tasted it in 2018 and have noticed remarkable improvements in quality with each passing year. The communities of La Unidad have excellent altitude and incredible varieties, which gives them the potential to grow highly sweet and unique coffees.
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