GUATEMALA Chimaltenango San Martin Jilotepeque "Flor de Cafe" SHB EP Fairtrade (Washed) - Whole Beans
In San Martin Jilotopeque (Chimaltenango region of Guatemala), 45+ smallholder producers work with Cooperativa Integral San Martineca Flor de Café (Flor de Café) to cultivate Fairtrade specialty coffee whose profits they use to improve their livelihoods and their communities.
Flor de Café works with member farmers to establish sustainable, ecologically friendly farms. Coffee trees are shaded with fruit trees and other native plants. Farmers use living barriers to prevent soil erosion. These plant barriers also provide fodder for their goats. Flor de Café has helped members with steeper farms to create terraces, dikes and ditches. In addition to coffee, most members also grow avocadoes, bananas and jocote, a fruit tree that can be eaten raw, pickled or prepared with a jam and serves with chilies and salt. The cooperative has also helped farmers establish alternative income and sustenance streams including beekeeping and goat herding.
San Martin Jilotopeque
Cooperativa Integral San Martineca Flor de Café
Bourbon, Catimor, Catuai, Caturra, Typica
1,788 meters above sea level
Strictly Hard Bean (SHB)
Euro preparation (EP)
This coffee from San Martin Jilotepeque makes a nice daily drinking coffee, bittersweet and balanced in middle-to-dark roasts. The aroma at City+ has a smell of malted milk balls, a chocolate-y nose accented by notes of hazelnut-chocolate spread. The flavors in the brewed coffee are sturdy and seem dense, a tightly-packed weft of bittering cocoa, raw sugar, tree nut and sweet cream. Full City+ roasts are intense with bittering cacao flavors and rivaled by caramelized sugar sweetness.