PT's Coffee Roasting Co.

Guatemala El Socorro Maracaturra - Annonos

Rooibos, brown sugar, cranberry.

Winning a rare comment of “Outstanding!” from’s Q-grader coffee guru, this coffee offers sweet apricot, chocolate, and cane sugar aromas. In the cup, it’s smoky and sweet with notes of rooibos, browned butter, and green grape, balanced by a brown sugar sweetness and bright, lemongrass acidity. Look for notes of cranberry and lavender in the finish.

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El Socorro
Juan Diego de la Cerda
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Meet Juan Diego de la Cerda

Finca El Socorro, owned by 4th generation coffee farmer, Juan Diego de la Cerda and his family, has proven itself to be one of the best coffee farms in Guatemala. With multiple awards including two first place wins in the Guatemala Cup of Excellence as well as finishing in the top five in the Coffee of the Year competition, Juan has worked hard to expand and improve his farm. From planting more productive varieties and coaching pickers on proper cherry selection to making sure the pulpers at his mill are running at peak efficiency, quality is priority one at Finca El Socorro.

High elevations can make drying coffee challenging. Each night at El Socorro, the parchment is swept up and covered to protect it from any precipitation. Thanks to their ongoing commitment to produce coffee in an environmentally sustainable manner, Finca El Socorro has earned Rainforest Alliance Certification.

About the Region

Though not one of the eight coffee growing regions established by the National Coffee Association of Guatemala (Anacafe), the municipality of Palencia in Guatemala Department (state) is making a name for itself, nonetheless. 17 villages call this part of the mountainous country home, and here agricultural field crops are a mainstay. Coffee cultivation fits right in. Elevation, volcanic soils, and climate are all conducive for the development of specialty coffee.

Palencia, approximately 50 km north of Guatemala City, is included in the Metropolitan region of the country. Maya people, along with the Garifuna, the Xinca and the Ladina form a majority of the population, though Spanish is the dominant language used. Shaken by earthquakes and ripped by warfare, this part of the country has seen hardship and poverty aplenty. Coffee farmers hope that by improving the quality of their crops, they can obtain better prices, and improve the quality of their lives, educate their children, invest in their communities.

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PT's Coffee Roasting Co.

Topeka Kansas, 1993: an unlikely place and time for one of the most groundbreaking Direct Trade coffee companies in the world to be founded, but that's just what Fred Polzin and Jeff Taylor did. PT's Coffee Roasting Co.'s slogan is, "Without the love, it's just coffee.", and they certainly live up to it. (In fact, Jeff married a Colombian coffee pro, Maritza, now Director of Quality Control for PT's).

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. has won many awards, including Roast Magazine's 2009 "Roaster of the Year" and a 2012 Good Food Award medal. Building on a history so solid, PT's is pushing into the future of the coffee industry with promise and momentum.


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