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Guatemala Don Pedro Microlot

Huckleberry Roasters

Over the past 4 years, Huckleberry has been working to build a stronger relationship with the AProCafé El Grano growers association in the Lake Atitlán region of Guatemala.  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.  For the past two years we've helped the growers with their leaf rust prevention efforts, assisted with other quality practices, and and this is our third year paying higher prices for exceptional coffee from individual farmers. This is our second year roasting Pedro Trejo's coffee.

Like all of the farmers in AProCafé, Don Pedro has great terrain and altitude for coffee growing, plants his coffee trees under shade, and farms using organic, sustainable practices.  Our other microlot growers live a bit further from the Lake Atitlán than Pedro, and process their coffee on-farm largely because those farms are a royal pain to get to. Pedro, however, lives and grows coffee in the town of San Pedro, and delivers his cherry to Valle de Eskol, the same wet mill where AProCafé processes our main lot from the group.

Like many farmers in the Lake Atitlán region, Pedro doesn't own one, large farm, but several small, scattered parcels along the slopes of Volcan San Pedro, ranging from a high 1650 meters above sea level to a very, very high 2000 meters. This past year we met with Pedro and visited one of his plots, and it's fairly obvious why his coffee has so much potential. First off, high altitude always helps, and when walking through other growers' plots to Pedro's the contrast in farming practices was obvious. Pedro's plot was a lesson in precision - great shade cover, large compost holes next to each tree, and perfectly pruned and spaced coffee plants.

We’re pretty stoked on microlot year two from Pedro Trejo, and we're happy to feature it first for 2017. We think it's both complex and balanced, with notes of brown sugar, tangerine, stone fruit, and raisin. 

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