Guatemala - Tajumuco Farmer Center
Cupping Notes: Chocolate, plum, black cherry, toffee, heavy body
This is a washed coffee from Tajumuco, Huehuetenango.
This region of Huehuetenango is one of the most productive regions of all of Guatemala. Why? The conditions are text book perfect for coffee growing. About 1600-1800mm rainfall per year concentrated between April and October. The soil is both rich and deep. Coffee trees are protected from the wind by the managed shade and the towering mountains that surround the farms. Tajumuco producers start the wet milling process by depulping in the afternoon, leaving it for 24hrs of dry fermentation. Later to separate the floaters and some of the greens in the first washing these are skimmed off the top. Then the coffees are washed in tiny washing channels. Flat space is minimal so the coffees are fully sun dried on concrete patios, roofs or black tarps where ever space can be found.
Tajumuco geographically is not too far from San Antonio Huista and Union Cantinil. However to get closer to some of the higher altitude farms and take one step closer to the coffees in San Pedro Necta and Todos Santos, the Farmer Center in Tajumuco was developed. This is a one stop shop for coffee farmers of all sizes. There are a variety of gardens behind the warehouse, cupping on site with feedback and immediate premiums paid to farmers.
Tajumuco is important to the region because there is a bank in the town that serves about a dozen small communities that surround it. The region has large mountain ranges that run east to west and many small ridges that connect them. Tajumuco sits on top of one of these ranges at 1800 meters and there are a couple of cell towers very close to the warehouse. Being so high up in the range, water is scarce. Proceeds from the sale of specialty coffees have funded a water filter for the local school so that the 160 children could have drinking water all year round.
Harvest Season: 2020-2021
Farm Name: Tajumuco Farmer Centre
Producer Type: Small Holder Farmers
Plant Species: Arabica