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Guatemala has three coffee growing regions that are not volcanic. Huehuetenango (pronounced “Whey-Whey-Tenungo”) is one of them and it is the highest and driest under cultivation, making it one of the best for coffee production. Hot air circulates on the convection lift from the Plains of Tehuantepec, in Oaxaca, Mexico, and mixes here with the cool air descending from the Cuchumatanes Mountains, creating a protected microclimate free from frost up to 2,000 meters, creating a uniquely broad and high coffee cultivation zone. Huehuetenango’s extreme remoteness necessitates “full stack” production. The Asociación de Desarrollo Integral la Esperanza Toneca is a nonprofit organization representing 550 producers of certified organic and conventional coffees: There are 150 women and 400 men who are members of the organization**
Nearly all producers do all the processing on their own coffee. Once again, fortune smiles on Huehuetenango. The region has abundant rivers and streams as their free energy source, making it relatively easy and economic for producers to set up mills. Coffees from Huehuetenango present a fruitier profile than most other Guatemalan regions. This fruitiness is balanced by perfect acidity. The plants grow much more slowly. The slow development of the trees allows more complex sugars to develop within the cherries and add to the overall fantastic flavor. Coffee that grows at this altitude, or above 1200m, is known as Strictly High Grown (SHG) or Strictly Hard Beans (SHB), a coveted characteristic. The slower cherry development results in more nutrients delivered in the coffee, along with healthy organic compounds. This lot is organic, ensuring that Mother Nature was the source of those organic nutrients.
Coffee is important in this troubled region. It is the number one export contributing to Guatemala's improving economic status.
Region: San Antonio Huista, Huehuetanango - pronounced “whey-whey-tenungo”
Farm: ADIESTO, Asociación de Desarrollo Integral la Esperanza Toneca
Elevation: 1300 - 1720 meters
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Catimor, Maragogype, Pache
Process: Washed, sun-dried on patios
Cup: Lemon, Milk Chocolate, Sweet Orange, Almond
Roast: Medium Light
Acidity: Juicy, lemony
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