Finca Canlaj - Guatemala
Sweet and balanced Huehuetenango profile with soft caramel aromatics leading to a silky texture and syrupy sweet notes of black cherry and cola.
Grown on coffee agronomist' Diego Cardona's Finca Canlaj, named after a meadow nearby with abundant yellow flowers, comes our first release from Guatemala this year. Diego is a third-generation coffee grower, learning from his grandfather, who started the family trade as a young migrant labourer on coffee farms on the Guatemalan coast. He taught this to his children, though there was less demand for carefully processed quality coffee at that time. Inspired by his family's profession, Diego was determined to learn more, so he studied best practices in agronomy and post-harvest processing to help take their coffee to the next level.
Diego is on the El Sendero Cooperative board as a coffee agronomist to help its members improve their coffee. Through this effort, Diego and many others have achieved outstanding coffee quality. This specific lot is a washed Caturra. After fermentation, the coffee is washed and then set to soak in clean water for an additional 12 hours before drying. The drying process takes 5-6 sunny days, with the coffee drying 8-9 hours each day. The entire family contributes to processing, and they ensure that the coffee is turned every hour on the patio for even and thorough drying.