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March 2022 – Coffee of the Month

Run by the Brol family since 1914, The San Francisco Cotzal farm is located in North-Western Guatemala and is where we find our March coffee of the month with our Guatemala San Francisco medium roast.

Today, the country is revered as a producer of some of the most flavourful and nuanced cups worldwide. Surrounded by forests, mountains, and waterfalls, their 2,200-hectare farm is one of the largest coffee plantations in the country.

With a range of individual microclimates, the warm days and cool nights create the ideal conditions for cultivating sweet, dense cherry, specifically categorised as Strictly Hard Bean (SHB). The higher altitude and lower temperatures mean that the coffee fruit matures more slowly, creating a denser bean.

The ripe, red cherries are harvested between November-April and processed on the farm. Beginning with a classic pulping process and before they are fermented in water for 24-35 hours, depending on ambient temperature. Following fermentation, parchment is washed in clean water and laid to dry on raised beds and patios, before being sent to us to create our delicious roast.

We roast our Guatemalan beans to a medium roast for a coffee that’s full of maximum, unique flavour and carries an aromatic nutty quality.