Tasting Notes: Dark berries, cocoa, malt
SCA Cup Score: 86 What does this mean?
Producers: Fedecocagua Cooperative
Varietal: Catuai, Caturra, Pache
Growing Altitude: 1300 - 1800masl
Harvest: November - March
What is it good for?: A great all-rounder. We particularly liked this coffee with immersion filter brewing such as French Press.
Additional Notes : We have been super excited to get our hands on this lot since we booked it a long time ago. We do not see a huge amount of Natural Process coffee coming out of Guatemala which is a shame because it has a great deal to offer at a superb price point.
Cooperativa Agrícola Integral La Nueva Era, R.L. is located in the village of Jumaytepeque, near Nueva Santa Rosa city. Falling under the Fraijanes Plateau type coffees, a higher potassium level in the soil tends to bring extra body to these coffees. Fraijanes is it’s own distinct region and actually one of the first areas to grow coffee in Guatemala. Volcan Jumaytepeque forms part of the chain of volcanoes in the area, though is not really active, and the village where the coop is based lies in the foothills of the volcano.
For the natural processed coffee, time under the sun is affected by the altitude. Farmers drying their cherries at a beneficio around 1000masl find it will take 10 to 12 days for the coffee to be ready; those with higher altitude facilities can expect an extra 5 days for the correct drying to be reached. The dried cherry is then collected and transported to the nearest warehouse the co-operative owns, before being transported to the dry mill facilities of Fedecocagua in Palin.