We are so excited to share not one but two Guatemalan microlots from our friend, Manuel Gómez, this season.
Grown on the shaded slopes of Volcan Agua, this coffee is a special lot produced by Manuel Gómez and his family for the 2018 San Miguel Escobar cooperative microlot competition. Manuel is a long-serving member of the cooperative in San Miguel Escobar, where Coffeebar is heavily invested via our partnership with the Antigua-based importer De La Gente. Never satisfied with the norm, Manuel is always on the leading edge of innovation with regards to coffee production. A visit to his family home will reveal coffee drying on the central patio, often with his two youngest daughters playing in it, as well as the walls already stacked with coffee ready for export, and on the roof various drying beds covered with different experimental lots of his.
We’ve worked closely with Manuel for the last couple of years, and in 2017, Manuel won the inaugural San Miguel Escober cooperative microlot competition, with David Wilson our former Director as one of the primary judges. With that history, we jumped at the opportunity to bring in more of Manuel’s product, and so this year we are carrying two of his microlots, both this beautifully sweet, high-toned washed coffee, and a fruit-forward, juicy natural-processed lot. Both of these coffees are grown under shade at 1800 meters in elevation, hand harvested, and sorted to a very high level, all by Manuel and his wife Rosy (with help from the kids, of course).
A favorite part of our work in coffee is the connections and partnerships we form globally, and this coffee reflects that. From on the ground work we did with the importer De la Gente in 2017, to building a relationship with Manuel and his family, we’re proud and excited to see and experience this coffee all the way from harvest to the cup. And even more excited to share it with you.
We are donating $2 for each sale of all of our Guatemalan coffees this summer to Volcán de Fuego disaster relief.
Manuel Gómez Natural Microlot
This special microlot from Manuel Gómez has bright notes of pomegranate, tropical fruits, and cane sugar.
This bag design is inspired Manuel Gómez, often called the happiest man in San Miguel, and the beautiful town of Antigua. It depicts the iconic Arco de Santa Catalina, Volcan de Agua where his farm is located, and the colorful colonial buildings that line the streets of Guatemala.
Manuel Gómez Washed Microlot
Our second microlot from Manuel Gómez, this Guatemalan roast has floral, fruit-forward notes of nectarine and honey.
As our second microlot, this coffee bag design is a play off our original design of the town of Antigua in Southern Guatemala. Depicting Antigua at night, the color palette and gradients mimic the glow of the street lamps in this iconic, historical city.