Guatemala Palencia Finca La Pia La Aurora Washed

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  • Country: Guatemala

    Region: La Joya Larga, Palencia, Fraijanes Plateau Region, Guatemala

    Farm: Finca La Pia

    Farmer/Grower: Victor Calderon

    Varieties: Bourbon & Caturra

    Processing: Washed

    Altitude: 1700-1800 m.a.s.l.

    Humidity: 11%

    Density: 1.20 g/ml

    Harvest Date: February, 2022

    Arrival Date: August, 2022

    Grade: SHB

    Marks: 011-0890-0087

    SCA Cupping Score: 85.50

  • Caramel fragrance, sweet almond aroma, notes of milk chocolate, mandarin orange, sugar icing, with a fresh aftertaste of orange blossoms, bright citrus acidity, medium bodied with a silky mouthfeel. Very sweet and well balanced.
  • We recommend keeping Don Victor’s La Aurora lot in the light to medium roast range. The sweetness is at the forefront of this cup profile but the delicate florals and acidity shine in the lighter roasts.

The fully washed processing is traditional washed depulped cherries which are washed with clean, fresh water and fermented for 24 hours before being dried on patios. Rainfall is approximately about 1,200 mm or 47 inches per year.

The “La Aurora” lot is sorted by cupping each of the picking days on the farm. The highest cupping day-lots and nano-lots are separated to build the La Aurora lot. 

Don Victor Calderon is the owner of Finca La Pia and implements a variety of very interesting cultivation techniques. Along similar lines of thought to “dry farms” or “natural wines” in the wine industry, Don Victor believes that the coffee plants should receive as little input as possible and uses only natural or organic methods to manage the plant health. Unlike many coffee farms around the world, Don Victor does not feed trees with fertilizers and instead uses a California red worm compost, manure and nitrogen fixating plants to keep the soil healthy. To manage the coffee leaf rust, “la roya”, Victor does not use typical sprays but instead applies bentonite clay, which is found naturally in the soil on the farm, on to the coffee leaves. This practice, combined with the organic plant nutrition management yields highly resistant coffee trees with great quality potential! 

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
John Uriarte
Orange! Bright! Citrus! Sweet!

Based on this roast on Roast World -
This might be my favorite Guatemala I've tried from Hacea. Guatemala's aren't usually my favorites but this one is scrumptious. It's a nice cup of sweet citrus, orange, with great aroma and fragrance.