One 12 oz. compostable Biotre bag.
The La Ensenada producers grow coffee on the surrounding hillsides near San Pedro Necta village in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala. This producer group encompasses 11 family producers that contribute cherries to their own wet mill. Given the altitude, coffees from La Ensenada mature a bit later than most Guatemalans - spanning from early main harvests in February to late main harvests towards the end of March.
Final dry processing and sorting takes place at Luis Pedro Zelaya Zamora’s (LPZZ) mill - Bella Vista - where quality control is kept under the close watch of Don Luis and his team of seasoned professionals. LPZZ is something of a celebrity in the world of Guatemalan coffee; he is the fourth generation of his family to be working in the coffee business. For many years, the main focus of the family business was straightforward commercial coffee production and export. However, since the early 2000s, LPZZ grabbed the wheel and has been successfully turning the focus towards speciality coffee and microlots. Year after year, he does a tremendous job of choosing the best lots from the best producers in his area. He only accepts lots that have a certain high percentage of ripe cherry which he then separates by a large list of factors including, region, farm, elevation, varietal, and date harvested, just to name a few. Some of the farms he owns himself, or with his family. The family has always worked with small producers in Antigua, and new relationships almost always come from introductions from families already working with the Zelaya family - ensuring close and stable partnerships. Though many of the farms are not their own, they are supported and bolstered by his connections to US and international coffee roasters. LPZZ’s access to these markets means he can select the best lots from area producers and pay premiums based on quality. For us, and for you, this means the very best coffees out of Guatemala.
Our selection of coffee from La Ensenada 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, which are absolutely holding true, are of floral dark chocolate, juicy oranges, crisp apples, and sweet vanilla. La Ensenada is equally complex and exciting as it is a solid everyday drinker - something we just love about Guatemalan coffees!