Guatemala SHB Huehuetenago Q’anil is the first of hopefully many that we were lucky enough to source at the farm in Guatemala. We were both astonished by the amount of accuracy, technology, practice, resources, and manpower that went into creating a great crop. This COOP gives small farmers the opportunity to produce & sell green beans, whereas they might not otherwise be able to. The workers couldn’t have been friendlier, and were exceptionally passionate about their crop. In our short week in Antigua, Guatemala, we started to build a great relationship with the team members with Los Volcanes Coffee, the producer and exporter of this coffee. This was a huge learning experience for both Erich and myself. They say there is never anything like your first time, and both of us think Guatemala will always hold a special place in our hearts.
This coffee comes from Cooperativa Rio Azul. The Coop currently has 282 members as of 2020. Kanil or Q’anil comes from the name of a hill in the municipality of Jacaltenango where the members and the neighboring people can go for a ceremonial site. The coop started in the late 1960’s and to this day believe that the foundation of the coop allows for all members to achieve better benefits and makes it more profitable for the group to process coffee, many of whom are 2nd and 3rd generation growers.
Elevation: 1100 to 2000 meters
Varietals: Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra
Milling Process: Fully Washed
Drying Process: N/A
Harvest Start Month: December
Harvest End Month: April
Export Start Month: March
Export End Month: June
Guatemala SHB Huehuetenago Q’anil is an exceptionally sweet coffee, offering a bright, and vibrant aroma and acidity. It has delicious notes of peach, milk chocolate, & cherry. It is a wholesome cup, with a full-mouthfeel and a smooth finish. A unique, fuller bodied medium roast.