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Dark Chocolate. Cranberry.

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Origin: Antigua, Guatemala
Roast: Filter
Producer: Felipe Contreras
Altitude: 1800 meters
Varietal: Caturra
Process: Red Honey

Since taking over Finca Gascon from his father, Felipe Contreras has been making waves with his dedicated approach to quality, experimentation, and sustainability. At the estate, coffee grows under shade amongst dense forest and production is organically certified. This Red Honey lot grabbed our attention on the cupping table with its amazing depth of flavour and juicy acidity.

The Cup

With juicy fruit and elegant sweetness, Finca Gascon offers an array of defined flavour. Notes of lemon, cranberry, and pomegranate are deliciously balanced. As it cools, the lasting flavour of dark chocolate is sweet and structured.

About The Farm

Surrounded by volcanoes and protected nature, the breathtaking city of Antigua was once thee colonial capital of Guatemala and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Between 1700 and 2100 meters, Finca Gascon sits on soil that is rich with nutrients and minerals. At these altitudes in, cherries mature slowly, making the most of this amazing terroir. Across 40 hectares, just 17 hectares are cultivated.

With a range of varietals planted across the estate, Felipe is able to experiment with processing methods to reveal the best possible flavour. Felipe Contreras is one of the few producers who also roast the coffee they grow. We are excited to be part of his journey!

The Process

This plot from Finca Gascon was processed in Red Honey style. Having meticulously measured sugar levels as the cherries ripen, Felipe is able to harvest and select cherries at the point of perfect maturity. Once picked, the outside skin is removed but the layer of fruity mucilage remains.

As the beans dry, the mucilage helps impact depth and complexity, but careful attention is required to avoid over-fermenation or the development of mould. This dry processing style uses much less water than the washed processing often seen in Guatemala and is testament to Felipes drive to reduce the environmental impact of Finca Gascon.

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