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Guatemala Atitlán el Grano

Huckleberry Roasters

Central American coffees are beginning to arrive in the US, and we're starting off this part of the year with a returning favorite and our most hands-on producer relationship - Atitlán el Grano, grown by the AProCafé grower's association around the shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.

Lake Atitlán is a truly stunning body of water, surrounded by mountains on all sides, and three volcanoes on its southern shore.  The coffee growers of AProCafé are based on the southwest shore of the lake and the slope of Volcan San Pedro. Their rich volcanic soil, combined with well-managed organic growing practices and careful processing, contribute to a delicious coffee year after year.  AProCafé farmers also consider themselves stewards of the environment, growing their coffee with only organic inputs and taking care to properly treat their processing water.  Petrochemical fertilizers and improperly treated water from washing stations have contributed to various environmental problems in the area, including increased algae on the lake over the past decade.  AProCafé is one of several grower groups around Atitlán working to improve the environment while also producing tasty coffee.

El Grano has all of the deep chocolate, sweet nuttiness, and crisp acidity that we've come to expect from high altitude, well-produced Guatemalan coffees, and is a perfect example of Central American versatility. Great on its own, great with milk, tasty as both brewed coffee and espresso. This flavor profile and the cooperative's commitment to sustainable development around Lake Atitlán make this coffee an annual favorite of ours, and we're excited to roast and brew it for you here in Denver.

For several years now, Huckleberry has taking a more hands-on approach to working with AProCafé, with the goal of helping the group produce exceptional and unique coffees in the years to come.  Two years ago we worked to bring in the association's first single farm microlots, and last year we used our Sister Winter Holiday Blend to assist its growers with leaf rust prevention.  For 2017, we're expanding both of these programs, and setting aside an additional premium to assist the group with quality initiatives.  Take a look at our blog to read up on these efforts, and our most recent trip to Guatemala.

This particular coffee represents the whole grower association's joint effort, but over the next few months you should also keep your eyes peeled and pourover cones ready for some Huckleberry-exclusive microlots grown by individual farmers from AProCafé. For Atitlán el Grano, expect a crowd-pleaser, with milk chocolate, caramel, crisp apple, and almond butter flavors.

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