On the Road Again... Guatemala
By Mike Perry, Sunday April 3, 2011
As I sit in the airport waiting for my plane, I am already exhausted with three more flights in the next three days. But all good work has rewards and this trip is no exception so far. After the red eye into Guatemala, we cupped 60 lots to find the best from Retiro, Covadonga, and several new farms. As was the case last year, the Covadonga is out of this world with sweet citrus but this year has added stone fruit (peach, apricot) and melon. While I still have more Retiro lots to be cupped at home. I found some more Hunapu (a small producers from Antigua) and Candeleria Caturra plus some new surprises.
Speaking of surprises, I was lucky enough to cup new Geisha and Pacamara varietals from the Famous Finca El Injerto. For those who have not heard of El Injerto, Arturo has won the Guatemalan Cup of Excellence the past few years with his Pacamara varietal (a cross between a Pacas and a Marigojipe). The Pacamara is an extra large bean known for its sweet citrus and intensity. For those who would like to try this varietal, our current Pacamara from Beto Ochoa of La Montana in El Salvador (another Cup of Excellence winner) is delicious and available here.
Time to board for El Salvador, more to come.
GUATEMALA COFFEE, GUATEMALA RETIRO, GUATEMALA COVADONGA, GUATEMALA CANDELERIA CATURRA, FINCA EL INJERTO, BETO OCHOA, EL SALVADOR, LA MONTANA