GUATEMALA, ANTIGUA | 1800 MASL | BOURBON, CATURRA, CATUAI | WASHED
A proud partnership between Manuel Gómez, De la Gente, and Coffeebar.
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 past few years, and in 2017, Manuel won the inaugural San Miguel Escober cooperative microlot competition, with our Director of Coffee David Wilson as one of the primary judges. With that history, we jumped at the opportunity to bring back more of Manuel’s product, and so this year we are carrying two of his microlots, both this beautifully sweet, warm, 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.
As our second microlot from producer Manuel Gómez, this 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.