This coffee is light-medium bodied and citrus sweetness that comes out with development. As we roasted the coffee, the green notes turned into strawberries and almonds.
Roast Level: Medium
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai
Altitude: 6,000 FT
San José Poaquil is a municipality in the department of Chimaltenango that, like many other indigenous towns in Guatemala’s Western Highlands, suffered during the violence of the early 1980s.
Historically, Chimaltenango has been known for its berry production; it’s only very recently that coffee production has become identifiable with, and traceable to, the department. In large part, this was because producers delivered their cherry to mills in Antigua, which would market and sell the coffees as “Antiguan”— a label that fetched them higher prices.
In January 2015, HRNS (a nonprofit foundation formed by the Neumann family and operated entirely separately from the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe, our parent company) began a project to improve living conditions for 1,000 smallholder coffee families in Chimaltenango.
The HRNS approach is to promote entrepreneurship and create a framework for change in which farmers and producers can better assess their situations, understand their risks and opportunities and develop a vision for improvement.