Guatemala Buena Vista from Huehuetenango
Historically, we probably buy just a little too much Guatemalan coffee to be good for us. It is a combination of the coffee quality being so good and also the synergy of human scale and small farms. Buena Vista is a relatively new farm to us at James Gourmet. Oli was due to visit this spring, but hey-ho! Buena Vista is a coffee that grows on you. If you like juicy complexity to wake you in the morning…this is it! Words like bright and juicy seem somewhat under expressive for such a vibrant filter brew.
Sadly, we are not in a position to buy meaningful amounts of coffee this season.
Farmer: Andres Godolfredo Cano and Maira Lopez
Farm: Buena Vista
Process: Washed. (48 hours in fermentation tanks) and sundried on patios.
Elevation: 1650 Meters above sea level. (some 600 meters above the top of Ben Nevis if that helps?)
Rain Fall: 1.7 meters per annum, thankfully not all in one go.
Roast: Medium Filter
Brew recipe: 1:15 or 60g per litre
Cup potential: Aromatics: Barley sugar| Body: Medium| Acidity: White Wine – Citric|
This is such a vibrant and delicious filter coffee. Opening up, this is all sorts of citrus. This continues into a sweet bright white wine like acidity and is the cleanest cup you could imagine, finishing off with a lingering lime-like finish. Summer is not over, it’s here in this cup of Buena Vista. Brew it hot, to wake up with next week or even when the sun comes back in a few days; we are talking killer cold brew, if you like bright and juicy! Depending on your brew method, kit, and water; this can taste very different!
“My farm is located at the top of the mountains of San Antonio Huista, a place which takes 2 hours and 40 minutes walking to reach.” The clouds cover the place to such an extent that at times there are only 5 hours of sunlight per day. During the harvest season, Andres and Maira stay in a cabin higher up, and from there you see a spectacular view of the whole town of San Antonio Huista. This explains the name of this farm, ‘Good View”.
Andres used to live in San Martin Concepción Huista, working as a vegetable producer. However, he always had the idea of producing coffee in his mind. About ten years ago, he decided to sell his land, everything he had, and move to a region more suitable for coffee production. When he bought his farm it was abandoned, but he directly started to change and modify it in the way he liked. A dream has come true he says. “Coffee is my passion and is part of my life, and I do not mind investing in it so to see my plants healthy. I want to continue working in coffee and hope to inspire the next generation”.