Guatemala Don Zabala Microlot

Over the past several years, the AProCafé El Grano growers association in Guatemala has been a bedrock of our coffee lineup.  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.  

One of the cornerstones of that collaboration has been a single farmer microlot program. We’ve had the pleasure of roasting coffee from individual farmers in the group for the past few years, paying a premium for these coffees and coordinating the buying for a few other roasters in the United States. This year, our first farmer is Carlos Zabala. Carlos is one of the funniest producers we know, and this year his coffee was among our three favorites amongst the full AProCafé association.

Every year we use a portion of proceeds from our holiday blend to support AProCafé, and this past year, we used some of those funds to help the group build raised drying beds. The hope is that by slowing down drying, the coffee will stay fresh, longer. In Carlos’ case though, drying beds weren’t only a quality measure; they were a necessity. Following a major earthquake off the coast of Guatemala a few years ago and heavy rain and erosion, part of Carlos’ drying patio essentially fell off the side of the mountain. No joke. Carlos was able to dry some of his coffee on his remaining patio, and some on new drying beds.

So, we’re kicking off AProCafé microlot season with Don Zabala. Sweet flavors of milk chocolate and peach pie, complimented with orange-like brightness. Tasty coffee, dried on raised beds you helped purchase with Sister Winter, and grown by one of our favorite farmers.

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