Guatemala San José Poaquil HRNS


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raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

San José Poaquil is a municipality in the department of Chimaltenango that, like many other indigenous towns in Guatemala’s Western Highlands, suffered during the violence of the early 1980s.

Historically, Chimaltenango has been known for its berry production; it’s only very recently that coffee production has become identifiable with the department as a coffee growing region. In large part, this was because coffee producers delivered their cherry to mills in Antigua, which would market and sell the coffees as “Antiguan”— a label that fetched them higher prices.

In January 2015, HRNS (a nonprofit foundation) began a project to improve living conditions for 1,000 smallholder coffee families in Chimaltenango. The HRNS approach is to promote entrepreneurship and create a framework for change in which farmers and producers can better assess their situations, understand their risks and opportunities and develop a vision for improvement.

By January 2018, 1,031 families were participating in the program, impacting 5,155 direct beneficiaries; 1,124 hectares were under sustainable growing conditions; and 58% of women had begun participating in farmer groups and organizations.

Further, since the project’s start, the area has seen a 56% increase in coffee yields, compared to regional averages; and participating farmers have seen a cumulative value addition of 28% — or $990 USD in additional income per farmer over the last three years.

Flavor profile: Bright acidity, smooth body, notes of orange zest, chocolate, strawberries, cream and almonds.

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryGuatemala
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • ProcessWashed
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Altitude (meters)1,500–2,100 masl
  • Brightness:6
  • Spicy:-
  • Chocolaty:-
  • Nutty:-
  • Buttery:-
  • Fruity:-
  • Flowery:-
  • Winey:-
  • Earthy:-
  • RegionSan Jose Poaquil and San Martin Jilotepeque
  • VarietyBourbon, Caturra, Catuai

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by on February 25, 2020

I reviewed too quickly. A darker roast on this coffee really brings out the flavor I look for in coffee. It really makes a great cup anywhere after second crack begins.

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by on June 23, 2020

I am relatively new to roasting my own coffee (about two years). Got this coffee as a sample with a new roaster. Roasted it about 35 seconds into the second crack at 460 F, and served it much like a Cuban cortadita. It was great with all sorts of flavor overtones that I couldn't do justice to in writing. The wife agreed. This is the first time I roasted a coffee that was significantly better than what I was used to, and I felt obligated to post a review.

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by on February 13, 2020

I have had some great coffee from Guatemala. This is not it... I prefer a coffee roasted just past first crack. If it fails at this level, I will take it the start of second crack and see if the coffee lends itself to a darker roast. This coffee is a bit too earthy for me. While it makes for a decent cup (I would not turn down a cup) I will not put in another order for this bean.

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