Dear Friends and Delicious Autumn Coffee Beans
If you've been a fan of Huckleberry for a while, you might have talked to our roaster or baristas about our AProCafe microlots, and it's finally time to bring their delicious coffees back into our lineup. Huckleberry's closest producer relationship is with the AProCafe El Grano Growers Association from Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. These farmers produce Atitlán El Grano, but over the past few years, we've also been working on some special projects together.
Last year we used proceeds from our Sister Winter Holiday Blend to support the group's efforts to fight coffee leaf rust between harvests. This is our second year paying higher prices to certain producers to separate out the coffee from their small farms to roast single farm microlots. We tasted coffee from a half dozen or so growers, and we're bringing back the tasty beans from Doña Lucinda Puac Pérez and Don Manuel Tzic Saso, and this year we added a third farmer, Don Pedro Trejo, into the fold.First up is Doña Lucinda, starting this week. When our roaster visited her farm last October, it was pretty clear why she produces great coffee. Immaculately maintained fields, 100% bourbon variety coffee trees, and for a producer her size, a washing and drying setup that rivaled the commercial wet mills around the lake all contributed to her delicious beans. The Doña Lucinda roast is only going to be around for about a month before we move over to Don Pedro and feature Doña's coffee as a key component of this year's Sister Winter. Think of this coffee as a slightly refined and super clean twist on the flavors we find in Atitlán El Grano: we taste toffee, dry fruit, granny smith apple, and sweet breakfast bread. We say this a lot, but it tastes like coffee for the folks who just want a cup of coffee, but also has a clean, fruity taste that piques the interest of those customers who flock to the pourover bar looking for something more. Short run on this coffee, so drink up!
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