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Guatemala Conception Buena Vista

Cantaloupe, raw honey, tangelo.

If sunshine had a tasting profile, this coffee could qualify. Remarkably sweet, complex, and fruit-forward, it launches with heady floral aromas. Raw honey and juicy cantaloupe with notes of orange, cherry, and cocoa round out the flavor notes. Ripe tangelo acidity and lingering sweetness wrap up this clean, juicy cup. Enjoy!

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Country
Guatemala
Region
Chimaltenango
Town
San Martín Jilotepeque
Farm
Buena Vista Conception
Farmer
Bernardo Solano
Elevation
1700m
Variety
Bourbon
Process
Semi-Washed Process

Meet Bernardo Solano

In a world where land has been cultivated for millennia, it isn’t often that you find virgin soil, but such is the case with Finca Concepción Buena Vista. Here warm winds sweep off the Motagua River to bathe coffee trees in their own little micro-climate and natural spring water satisfies thirsty roots.

Bernardo Solano is the third generation of his family to be producing coffee, working by his grandfather until he went away to school to earn a degree in agronomy. Upon his return from New York in 1988, Bernardo took charge of the 21 hectares his father gave him. Since then, his farm has grown to 100 hectares. In his quest to produce quality coffee, he works for sustainability, seeking to decrease the use of chemicals and pressing for environmental conservation.

Bernardo says,

"We care about the environment and quality. Everything that we are doing at the farm is focused on protecting the environment as much as we can and producing high quality coffee."

Chimaltenango, Guatemala

Found in a valley north of the Antigua region and south of Huehuetenango, Chimaltenango is a relatively new coffee growing region. In fact, in some places such as Finca Concepcion Buena Vista, coffee is the first crop to be cultivated. Rich in nutrients, the soil has lime and clay content, lending it a slightly acidic pH, giving rise to some outstanding coffee profiles. Unlike most coffee regions, Chimaltenango is quite dry. However, the area has abundant natural springs and coffee-friendly microclimates where the trees not only survive but thrive.

The Guatemalan coffee grading system “defines the Strictly Hard Bean (SHB) grade to include coffee beans grown at elevations higher than 4,500 feet [1350 meters] above sea level, while the Hard Bean (HB) grade includes coffee beans grown between 4,000 feet and 5,000 feet [1300-1500 meters] above sea level.” The higher the elevation, the slower the growth and ripening, thus the denser the bean, rendering it of higher quality. The Chimaltenango region ranges between 1300-1700 MASL (4265-5578 feet above sea level), placing most of its coffees solidly in the SHB grade.

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Case Coffee Roasters

At the ripe old age of 21, high school sweethearts Tim and Kati Case married in January, 2006, and promptly opened Case Coffee Roasters in Ashland, Oregon. Winners of the 2013 and 2015 Good Food Awards and a finalist in 2016, Tim and Kati’s mission is to source the world’s most sweet, clean, and complex coffees. They are dedicated to making great coffee selections and offering good prices to the farmers, often paying two to three times Fair Trade prices.

When they’re not living and breathing coffee, you might find Tim and Kati exploring the Pacific Northwest with their six-year-old son, Yonnie: surfing, snowboarding, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking.

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