Your Coffee on 19th December. Buena Vista. Guatemala

Named for its beautiful views over the town of Santa Rosa, Buena Vista is a brand new addition to our portfolio. On the plateau that surrounds the Guatemalan capital, producer Fredy Orantes nurtures superb terroir that benefits from high altitude and volcanic soil.

Fredy is always thinking about sustainability on the farm. The soil is carefully maintained, and soil management includes the application of organic materials that have been composted such as fallen leaves and branches as well as coffee pulp. A variety of native animals and birds appear on the farm, and Fredy explains that the farm is not even fenced in; as in nature these creatures can come and go as they please.

In 2019, Fred added about 1 hectare of Pacamara plants to his farm and they have begun producing the large, red fruit for this lot. The large Pacamara varietal is rare in Guatemala.

It offers delicious complexity: this lot stood out on the cupping table with the heady sweetness of ripe passionfruit. A long fermentation has developed juicy notes of passion fruit, yellow stone fruit, and prune. High in sweetness, a hint of gooseberry acidity cuts through as it cools. On the palate, Buena Vista is creamy with a lingering finish.