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Our Head of coffee
“Peaches and cream is a dessert which takes me back to my grandmother’s kitchen as a child: rich, juicy peaches doused in thick cream. This coffee takes me there too. It has the delicate flavour of peach and a ripe sweetness. The mouthfeel is coating, just like the mixture of peach juice and cream at the bottom of the bowl.”
Huehuetenango is often referred to as ‘Huehue’ (the ‘Hue’ is pronounced like the ‘whe’ in where). With altitudes of over 2,000 meters, Huehue is the highest and driest region of Guatemala. Thanks to the hot winds from the Mexican mountains, the area is usually protected against frost, though in 2014 the region faced an unexpected frost, which killed over a million plants and decimated the harvest. Producing coffee here is not easy and made trickier still by poor accessibility. In the past many farmers have resorted to transporting coffee via Ox or even on foot.
The story of La Esperanza plantation dates back more than 50 years. Back then Don Eleodoro would walk for days to buy and sell coffee cherries. Once he realised there was a viable business in selling coffee cherries he bought La Esperanza farm. That was in 1953.
Don Eleodoro is now in his 90s and cares for the farm with help of his son Aurelio. Both Eleodoro and Aurelio have participated in the top 10 of the Cup of Excellence competition over the last few years, so they’re clearly doing something right. Coffee grown on La Esperanza boasts a consistently high quality on the field and in the cup and Eleodoro and Aurelio’s expertise is demonstrated in the diversity of profiles they produce.
Before I owned my own farm, I used to trade coffee cherries. I used to walk 4 days to buy cherries from a farm and then another 5 days to sell them to a mill. I bought my farm, La Esperanza, in 1953.
|PRODUCER||Eleodoro Jesus Villatoro|
|TASTING NOTE||Peaches and cream.|
|VARIETAL||Bourbon, Caturra, Pacamara|