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Guatemala Don Zabala Microlot


Over the past several years, the AProCafé Atitlán growers association in Guatemala has been a bedrock of our coffee lineup.  These growers produce our Atitlán Aprocafé coffee, which we love dearly (and is super tasty this year), but we've worked 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 8 years, paying a premium for these coffees and coordinating the buying for a few other roasters in the United States. This year, our first single farm lot comes from Carlos Zabala. Carlos is one of the funniest producers we know, and this year his coffee was among our favorites amongst the full AProCafé association.

Every year we use a portion of proceeds from our holiday blend to support AProCafé, and three years ago, 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. Now, Carlos uses his remaining patio to dry his second-tier coffee (floaters removed during the washing process and some early + late season pickings), and uses the drying beds for all of his top-level coffees.

Don Zabala leads off Aprocafé microlot season, and this year’s lot is packed with bright, clean fruit and creamy sweetness. dried apricot and lemon-like brightness, a hint of mango, complemented by sweet nougat and snickerdoodle cookie. Delicious coffee, dried on raised beds you helped purchase with Sister Winter, and grown by one of our favorite farmers.

*** For roasting schedule, shipping, receiving & additional information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions . And, for a primer on coffee processing, check out our Processing Basics Guide. *** 

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