Las Moritas

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Ever since Blueprint’s first visit to Las Moritas in 2015 we have worked in collaboration with Josue Morales of TG Lab to support the evolution of this farm. Higinio Gomez’s farm is a stunning farm high in the Sierra Las Minas mountain range. His farm ranges in altitude from 1700 to 1900 meters with a panoramic view of Guatemala where, on a clear day, Volcan de Agua can easily be seen, which is over 50 miles away.

Early this year, Josue arranged for Higinio, his wife Doña Aura and our green buyer, Andrew Timko, to have dinner at their home. Before dinner Josue showed Andrew a section of Pacamara he and Higinio had been working on for the past few years. This section of Pacamara is their “baby” and Josue and Higinio offered the first production lot of this lot to Blueprint, which we accepted .

Over dinner the conversation changed to Higinio’s future goals for the farm and ways that Blueprint could assist. Higinio, like many farmers, is trying to reduce his dependency on fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides at his farm. He has witnessed the increase in expense and dependency on these items as well as the negative affects it has on the soil. Based on his feedback, TG Lab and Blueprint set-up a 2-day Biological Farming training this September, where Higinio and many other farmers from the area were able to improve their composting methods and learn methods to promote beneficial organisms in their soil.

We feel quite privileged to share this exclusive coffee with our customers. It is truly the fruition of Higinio Gomez’s dedication, Josue Morales’ passion, and a great partnership. Enjoy the complex cumin and raisin aroma, savory tomato and dark cherry brightness, and dense chocolate ganache texture.

Las Moritas is a farm located in the county of San Antonio La Paz in the department of El Progreso in Guatemala. Part of the mountain range known as Sierra de Las Minas, Las Moritas goes from 1700 to 1900 meters in altitude. This is the highest non-volcanic chain of mountains in Guatemala outside of the Huehuetenango Region. This farm is owned and operated by Don Higinio Gómez and his wife Doña Aura, who were among the first visionary farmers to transition into coffee over forty years ago. The farm has an extension of 60 hectares where Borbon, Pache San Ramón and an assorted mix of unidentified yellow varietals grow under native forest shade. A micro-climate of humid forest dominated by pine trees gives character to this new profile of coffee that we are recently starting to discover.

Las Moritas recently received a rating of 4.5/5 stars from Roast Ratings.

 

Country:
Guatemala
Region:
El Progreso
Altitude:
1700 – 1900 MASL
Process:
Washed
Varieties:
Pacamara
Harvest:
February – March 2017
Sourcing Partners:
TG-Lab & InterAmerican
Las Moritas Cut Sheet
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