Guatemala

Francisco Martínez

Finca El Regalo

Flavours of crisp green apple, malt, lime
Body     Acidity

Best as black espresso/filter

Don Francisco Martinez is a 75-year-old coffee producer, resident of Aldea El Chalúm, from the municipality of La Libertad. He has been a member of Esquipulas (COOPESQUI, R.L) for 23 years and a coffee farmer for more than 55 years. He is also part of the Specialty project in the Highlands of Huehuetenango.

Altitude, varieties, good agricultural practices and the immaculate washed process have made it possible for Don Francisco to produce high quality coffee consistently and increase his plot’s productivity. As a result, he serves as a role model for the local coffee farming community who want to earn a better income and better quality of life for their families.

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What makes up Guatemala Francisco Martínez Finca El Regalo?

Varietals

Bourbon varietal

A natural mutation of the Typica varietal, Bourbon is named after Reunion Island (then known as Il Bourbon) where the French cultivated Typica plants, that naturally mutated.

Caturra varietal

Caturra is a natural mutation of Bourbon that was originally discovered in Brazil in 1937, considered to be the first naturally occurring mutation ever discovered.

San Ramón varietal

The location

Coffee from Guatemala

Guatemala’s production of coffee first grew in the 1860s on the back of a declining indigo trade, which had previously existed as it’s main export. Up until 2011 Guatemala was in the top 5 highest producing coffees nations in the world, before being overtaken by Honduras.


The Huehuetenango region of Guatemala

A non-volcanic region of Guatemala characterised by high altitude and predictable climate. Often considered to produce the highest quality coffee in Guatemala

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

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