Guatemala - Los Suspiros (Washed) - Filter
Guatemalan coffee is on the up. While Brazil used to be known for simple cup profiles, Guatemala also has a stigma of producing less challenging coffees too. That said, there is now a growing number of farms focused on producing higher quality, more complex speciality grade coffees. Bosques de San Francisco is from a group of farms that is pioneering this new wave and we are we're pretty proud to have sourced two of their coffees this season.
Why this coffee?
We have been trailing our way through lots and lots of Guatemalan coffees this season, looking to find a filter that was clean and sweet, but also offered a great level of bright / acute acidity that we love. Los Suspiros is that coffee. It also comes with a great story behind it, being part of the group of coffees we purchased from Marta Dalton of Coffee Bird this year. *See info below >>
About the region / farm's / producer:
With altitudes over 2,000 meters, Huehuetenango (Huehue) is the highest and driest region of Guatemala. It is only one of three regions without volcanic soil. Historically, it has been one of the more remote areas of the country and accessibility has been challenging. In the past, many farmers have used oxen or have carried their coffees on their back. Huehuetenango enjoys easy access to water sources, enabling many producers to process their own coffee.
The biggest challenge for the 2019 harvest across Huehuetenango was finding pickers. Farms have normally been able to count on their own region's pickers, however this year many migrated to the USA. Farms had to operate with a reduced number of pickers, or if they were able, to bring in pickers from El Quiche. For example, a farm that would normally count on 40 pickers had to rely on 10. This meant that farmers needed to change their approach to picking - so sorting was really crucial to maintaining quality.
Los Suspiros is part of a greater farm of 10,560 acres, called Alta Mira and owned by Axel’s father. It has been in the family for over 3 generations.
Fredy and Axel grew up together, playing basketball. When Fredy went to university, Axel started working his grandfather’s farm. When Fredy returned to work his father’s farm, they became compadres, coffee friends. Axel helped Fredy and his brother with technical forestry support, while Fredy taught Axel how to cup.
Los Suspiros is the name of the collaboration between Fredy and Axel representing 3,200 acres. Axel grows the coffee and picks it, and Fredy and his brother process the cherries. They produce 1,400qq pergamino.
Los Suspiros is a fantastic coffee with two great attributes. It has the soft milk chocolate body that has come to be associated with great Guatemalan coffees, but comes paired with a crisp green apple acidity that gives the cup an amazingly clean finish.
Maple Syrup, Green Apple, Milk Chocolate, with a descriptor of Clean.