In the mountains above the town of Concepción Huista in Sierra de los Cuchumatanes -- the highest mountain range in Central America -- the Mayan farmers of the CODECH Cooperative grow some of our favorite coffees from Guatemala. This year’s lot comes from the Adat community.
Producers in this area grow almost exclusively heirloom varieties on their remote, high altitude farms. These unique varieties showcase a distinct clarity of fruit and brightness that gets lost in most hybridized varieties. This year, our importer at Atlantic Specialty Coffee implemented detailed drying specifications with these lots, which will enable greater quality and stability over time. We have noticed that lots with moisture content below 10.5% perform significantly better as they age, which allows us to roast this coffee for up to 6 months without a great loss in quality.
The coffee grown in the unique microclimate around the town of Concepcion Huista is among our favorite in Guatemala. We have purchased coffees from this region for the 3 years that we've been in business, and each year we look forward to the arrival of these coffees.
Alonso Ramirez is a member of this group in Concepcion Huista. Our importing partners at Atlantic Specialty decided to keep his coffee separate rather than blend with the other community members in order to showcase the higher levels of sweetness and acidity that his coffee features. We're thrilled to be able to drink Alonso's coffee on its own and experience its unique characteristics.