It's been a year since we visited our friends at Finca Vista Hermosa ("FVH") in Guatemala. How we miss the days of waking up to lush greenery high up on the mountains and that tantalizing aromas of home-cooked breakfast awaiting for us in the communical kitchen.
This year, while we don't get to see our friends in Huehuetenango, we are roasting their coffees that remind us of the good times we had there. FVH is separated into a few different lots. We got 2 lots last year and the first one to be showcased is from a lot called El Eden. This lot contains a mix of 2 varietals - Typica and Arabigo. Arabigo is a mutation of Typica, These trees are tall and it is not easy for the cherry pickers to harvest the ripe cherries. The Typica varietal is one of the granddaddies of most coffees where it has been used as the base to develop other cultivars. It is generally not high yielding and not resistant to coffee rust, so some producers do not grow much of it or choose to replant with other varietals. The fact that it can grow to a height of 4 metres also meant that most producers do not tend to keep this varietal. Thankfully, Don Edwin kept his Typica trees and we get to bring some of these coffees to Singapore.
Farm: Finca Vista Hermosa
Producer: Edwin David Martinez Keyes and Edwin Amilcar Martinez Pineda
Location: Agua Dulce, Huehuetenango
Altitude: ~1,750 - 1,830 masl
Varietals: Arabigo and Typica
Processing: Depulped on the same day the cherries are picked. Fermentation for 48 hours and fully washed and sun-dried on cement patios for 7-10 days depending on sun
This Eden lot from FVH has upfront berries-like acidity, coupled with brown sugar sweetness and a comforting chocolate finish. Rounded mouthfeel and superbly balanced.
Available in store and on our webshop.