Farm: El Vergel
Farm Size: 20 Acres
Altitude: 6,200 ft.
Varietals: Bourbon (90% - 60 to 70 Years old!) and Caturra
Harvest: February - March 2013
Rainfall: Moderate – 47 to 61 inches yearly average
Soil: Volcanic loam
Production Method: Washed using modified demucilagers as washing machines (vs. channels)
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Green apple | Creamed-honey | Strawberry
The cup delivers subtle floral aromas with delicate strawberry sorbet and creamed-honey green apple notes, all carried by razor fine, extra smooth acidity cradled with just the right fullness of body. It is a classic refined cup that the great dry central-western regions of Guatemala are justly famous for.
El Vergel, meaning orchard, is in a magical spot. Located just to the east of Lake Atitlan it is a flat strip of land perched on a narrow lush-green canyon ledge, formed by the river Madre Vieja far below. The rainfall is low to moderate and well distributed, leading to very even ripening of the cherries.
It is one of several small adjoining farms which all once formed Finca La Camelia before it was divided up for nineteen sons. Ancient Maya stone glyphs lie amidst the coffee trees in this lush mosaic of small related farms.
Ripe cherries are harvested and immediately trucked to the Bella Vista estate in Antigua, a couple of hours away, where they are meticulously washed and dried. Processing the green coffee properly is just as crucial as how ripe they are.
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