Guatemala Don Manuel Microlot


After a one year hiatus, we’re stoked to have Don Manuel as our first Aprocafé microlot this year!

The AProCafé Atitlán growers association, based in the Lake Atitlán region of Guatemala, is arguably Huck’s strongest (and second longest) sourcing relationship.  These growers produce our Atitlán El Grano coffee, which we love dearly, but we've also been working on some other projects with the cooperative so that we can grow together.  Each year we use our Sister Winter holiday blend to raise funds for various infrastructure projects at the association, and this is our eighth year highlighting exceptional single farm microlots. 

Don Manuel Tzic Saso has made the cut more often than any other farmer in the group - 7 of 8 years! Last year was the first that we chose to blend his coffee into our Atitlán Aprocafé roast from the group as a whole. Last year’s coffee was definitely still good, and back to form, this year’s coffee is delicious.

Like all of the farmers in AProCafé, Don Manuel has great terrain and altitude for coffee growing, plants his coffee trees under shade, and farms using organic, sustainable practices.  Manuel is impressively detail-obsessed, able to point out each species of shade tree on his farm, tell you when he last pruned every parcel of his land, and he clearly takes joy in sweating the small details that breed quality.  With wild hair that reminds us of a Guatemalan version of Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future and a hilarious sense of humor, he’s also one of our favorite farmers to visit.

Manuel lives a bit too far away from AproCafe's central wet mill in Cerro de Oro, so in the past, he’s washed and dried his own coffee.  This past harvest, Manuel was working on some house renovations, and Aprocafé had recently finished a small micromill closer to his farm, so this is our first version of Manuel processed by the association, not the man himself. Luckily though, it’s still tasty.

Don Manuel's coffee is both approachable and complex, with both crowd-pleasing, milk-friendly sweetness and more adventurous fruit notes. We're tasting tamarind, assorted red fruit, honey, and mandarin orange in his 7th run in our lineup, and after a one year break from singling out his coffee, it’s good to have it back.

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