Guatemala Washed SHB Carlos Rivas (2021)

Creamy chocolate, salted caramel ice cream, hobnobs
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
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Lot Number P8001412-1
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About This Coffee

Carlos’ passion for coffee started many years ago, he is enjoys the whole process from planting to picking. They started their coffee’s journey together as a family. Principally he and his son Javier manage the farm. La Union started in May of 2017. Carlos and his family started the renovation after 9 years of abandonment, they identified the potential and decided to put their effort and resources in this land. This started with the control of the weeds, and the management of the shade trees. Then they renovated the areas by applying organic corrections to renew the health of the soils After years of effort he has achieved his goal: a high quality, consistent cup.

Origin Guatemala
Subregion Agua Dulce, San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango
Harvest Season 2020/21
Producer Type Single Estate
Farm Name Finca La Unión - Carlos Rivas
Processing Washed
Plant Species Arabica
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

San Pedro Necta belongs to the Huehuetenango department, well-known because of the quality of their coffee. The green landscapes and the charm of their people in the region gives a magical experience to every visitor. The region is mainly indigenous so the dress is beautiful and distinct, the men dress in white pants crossed with multi-coloured lines, while women dress in beautiful blouses with different embroidery representative of their culture, and long colourful skirts.

The houses in the region are in the middle of the mountains and to get there is an adventure, you get in touch with the nature, the air is fresh, and the environment is warm.

The name is in honour of the Catholic patron San Pedro, while Necta is a Mam (dominate local language) word that means 'where the river passes'. In fact, several rivers flows through the region. 

The Process

On La Unión the coffee crops are shaded with different kind of forest trees, the coffee crops are planted at a distance of 1.2 x 2.1 meters from each other, making them look like contour lines marking elevation. It is important to highlight that they use organic compost, maintaining the soils fertile and healthy. They are using washed process for their production, traditional in Guatemala, after being selected with attention and detention they use big tanks to ferment the coffee overnight and then it is washed, and finally dried on patios. Carlos and his family now are experimenting with naturals and honeys as well as washed.

History of Guatemalan Coffee 

Although coffee was brought over from the Caribbean in the mid-18th century by Jesuit priests, it was used primarily as an ornamental plant and garden crop for 100 years in Guatemala. Coffee wasn’t widely traded, however, until commercial production began in the 1850s. The volcanic soil and various micro-climates proved ideal for growing coffee in Guatemala. Coffee, within a generation, became the country’s most important crop. In 1860, Guatemala exported 140,000 pounds of coffee, and just 25 years later, the country was exporting over 40 million pounds. Large numbers of coffee farmers were German immigrants responsible for many inventions and innovations related to coffee milling. Most of Guatemala’s coffee was exported to Germany until the First World War, when exports shifted to the United States. 

  • Subregion Agua Dulce, San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango
  • Farm Name Finca La Unión - Carlos Rivas
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • On Sale Yes
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg €6.00
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB FANCY
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001412-1
  • Origin Guatemala
  • Warehouse Vollers Hamburg