Situated in San Marcos the Finca Nueva Granada Estate, sits between the two tallest volcanos in Guatemala, Tacana and Taiumulco. It is on these steep slopes in rich soil on ancient volcanic ash that the Bourbon, Catuai and Caturra varietals grow.
During the harvest, which begins in October, the pickers pass through the groves many times only picking the deepest red cherries. The cherries slowly achieve their colour under the taller ‘Shade Trees’. The farm is 100% Rainforest Alliance and has its own eco-mill which uses 80% less spring water plus the waste water is used for irrigation rather than returning to the rivers. The skilled workers are rewarded with good health care facilities and free nursery schools.
The plucked cherries are de-pulped and left in their parchment, then dried on patios. After grading the coffee is stored in burlap sacks in a special, dry, wood-line storeroom. Prior to shipping, the parchment covering is removed and Nueva Granada’s blue-green beans are carefully selected again and finally graded.
This really is an excellent French Roast coffee, the taste is clean and floral, and it has great depth and body but is not overpowering and will leave you wanting more, a super little inexpensive treat.