Guatemala Catarina Ramirez Filter
Guatemala Catarina Ramirez Filter Roast.
There is coffee that is decent and pleasing and there is coffee that just makes you flipping joyous because it is that little bit better than you could have hoped for. Sound familiar?
This is a micro-lot and one of the very best Guatemalan coffees that I have had the pleasure of selecting and roasting (yes back on the drums a bit lately) in a very long time. It is not wildly more expensive than some of our others, it is just a cup of elegance.
Farm; Yinta Witz
Size: 1 Hectare
Owner: Catarina Ramirez
Nearest Town: Concepcion- Huista
Altitude: 1560-1620 Meters above sea level.
Varietals: Caturra and Catuai
Shade Trees: Chalum and Gravilea
Process: Washed and sun-dried on the patio.
Roast: Light to medium Filter.
Aromatics; Juicy, sweet, washed Ethiopian-esque | Body Creamy| Acidity: Stonefruit & citrus|
On opening this (even when hot) is like warm, ripe peaches taken and eaten straight off the tree. Deep sweetness, some cocoa, and a distant hint of citrus. This was like a washed Ethiopian in the pre-shipment but now is truly elegant in its own right.
The citrus builds and verges on becoming curranty on its cooling journey. Intense, creamy fruitiness that ends up like stone fruit enveloped in sweet grapefruit. Probably our best Guatemalan of the season.
Filter 65g per litre and up, for body.
In 2013, Catarina took on Yinta Witz. Planting the first seedlings, some 2 years later. A first-generation farmer farming (what translates to be “The Front of The Mountain”) whilst her husband provides as a migrant labourer. Catarina is part of the (very new 2016) Sandero Cooperative that provides support to small producers. El Sandero is pro-gender equality and supportive of young producers.
Amongst the many reasons why this coffee is outstanding. I am of the mind that this slower fermentation due to temperature at altitude is a big part of the incredible sweetness in this lot. Attention to detail and small scale just makes this lot special. This is a farm to watch for the future.
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