Josue Morales is the operator of Nueva Esperanza and the owner of Los Volcanes Coffee. We have been working with Josue to source and import all of our coffee from Guatemala for the past six years. This coffee comes from a small experimental farm located at the entrance to the wet mill. We were lucky enough to receive a small portion of this lot and we are very excited to share it with you!
Region: Antigua, Guatemala
Elevation: 1,500 masl
Processing: Fully Washed
Tasting Notes: Toffee, Maple Syrup, Citrus
Los Volcanes Coffee is improving the coffees of Guatemala by focusing on the coffee producers and the people of the supply chain of Guatemala. They offer classes and education to producers covering things like permaculture, new coffee varieties, natural pest and disease control, and overall farm management practices. They have a small area of coffee plants set aside as an experimental farm where they can practice what they teach to producers. This way, a coffee producer can see the results of these progressive farming practices that can improve their own coffee.
This particular lot is made up entirely of a variety called Icatu. It was originally developed in Brazil and is known for its high yields and disease resistance. The Icatu is a cross between Red Bourbon and Robusta. Some people might be a bit nervous about a robusta crossed coffee variety, but don't knock it until you've tried it. Josue brought this particular variety to Guatemala to see how it would perform with his farming and fermentation techniques. In our opinions, it turned out great. Josue's focus on coffee plant health and fermentation has given us this unique and special coffee.