84,000 years ago, the "Los Chocoyos" eruption formed a massive caldera at the base of three neighboring volcanoes in present-day Atitlán, Guatemala. Rain water, flowing down the slopes of the mountain range, collected in the basin and created the Lago de Atitlán, one of the most picturesque landscapes on Earth. Novelist Aldous Huxley famously wrote that "it really is too much of a good thing."
On the southern edge of the lake lies San Juan La Laguna, where the population is 95% Tz'utujil — one of the 21 Mayan ethnic groups that still inhabit Guatemala. Here, the Cerro Lancandon Chochajau Cooperative grow Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai and Typica variety coffees at elevations between 1600 — 1800 meters. After harvest, cherries are pulped, and the coffee ferments for 36 hours. Once fermentation is complete, the coffee is washed three times before being laid out to dry in the sun.
Region: San Juan La Laguna
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Typica
Process: Washed, 36 hour fermentation
Altitude: 1600 - 1800m
Tastes Like: Blood Orange, Pomegranate, Macadamia, Caramel
We roast on Monday and Tuesday, and ship via USPS priority.