Hunapu Lot #2
Hunapu Lot #2
One 12 oz. compostable Biotre bag.
The Hunapu producers grow coffee on the Volcan de Agua side (sunnier) and the Volcan de Fuego side (more shade, with some yellow Bourbon) of the Antigua Valley in the stunning highlands of central Guatemala. Outside of being the Mayan name for Volcan de Agua, Hunapu refers to small holder farms in and around the Antigua area, and they've chosen Hunapu as their brand name.
When we visited in March, we got up as high as 1800masl, scrambling up steep hillsides over dusty, dry soil. It had been a dry harvest season, and cherries were not plentiful. Those that did ripen properly, however, developed an intense sweetness from the slower development time. A sleepy looking dog was guarding the pickers tent, and macadamia nuts were covering the earth, ready to be smashed open and eaten. Alongside the macadamia nut trees were delicious avocados, intercropped in the coffee shrubs. We had a toddler with us on this sourcing trip, and he fell asleep, miraculously, heading up the Volcan de Fuego during one of the bumpiest truck rides we’ve ever experienced. On the way back to Antigua town, after inspecting the coffee shrubs and snapping some pics, we hopped in Melanie Herrera’s pickup and headed down the mountain. Melanie is Luis Pedro Zelaya’s right hand gal. While Luis is definitely the Jefe (the boss) of the Bella Vista producing group and washing station, Melanie is the sprocket that drives the chain. She may be the most critical contributor to the entire operation. She’s a translator, record keeper, farm tour guide, agronomist, negotiator, and care taker. If you visit, you’ll see. As we headed down in her pickup, we slowly drove past a man slogging down the Volcan with a bag of avocados so large, it may well have been larger than the man himself. Melanie stopped the truck, signaled to the man to hop in the bed, and off we continued. Once we reached town, the man thanked us all profusely and handed each of us an avocado that we eventually realized was the most delicious avocado we had ever eaten. A fine trade; barter of the highest caliber!
Our selection of coffee from Hunapu this year is of one “day lot”, which represents a single day of harvest. This day lot is kept separate through the processing and drying stages and allows us to select the best of every harvest. Taste notes from origin were of tangerine sweetness and a distinctly milky body. Cannot wait to share this with you!