“I’ll Have a Cup of the Guatemala Please”

Posted on June 21, 2011

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I’ve been hearing this a lot lately and yes, Guatemalan coffee is an excellent choice. This is exactly why we currently have three diverse selections from this country on our menu.

Furthermore we have two coffees from Finca Nueva Armenia.  Grown by Twin brothers Jorge and Javier Recinos on the farm purchased by their Great-Grandfather in the early 1900’s.  The Gemelos Micro Lot is a picking of the beans from their Burbon trees, which were planted each with two trees together, like twins.  Coffee from twins, picked and selected by twins….  Awesome.  This coffee’s candied ginger, orange peel and sugar cane flavors were too special not to play a solo set.  The Finca Nueva Armenia comes from some of the same Burbon trees along with beans from Typica, San Ramon and Caturra varieties also found on the property.  In this lot the grape, green apple and almond become dominant flavors.

Our third Guatemalan Coffee is from Concepcion Huista which is also in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala, just 10km west of Finca Nueva Armenia.  A dark horse, a cup full of fresh fruit and chocolate that is subtle enough to sneak up on you with its deliciousness, and think about from time to time for the rest of the day.

Then hailing from Honduras we have the Finca El Puente which you may have already heard of as it is the current staff love affair, so I will spare you from hearing about it again on here.  It tastes like the best things that are the color purple; lavender, plum, and reportedly blackcurrant (if you have any fresh blackcurrants for me to taste in reference, please share).

Soon the seasons will change, new boxes of coffee will be here via UPS from our roaster and we will be back to a more global selection of coffees.  For now lets bask in how much variation there is between the roughly 400 km that divides these three farms since it is sort of romantic, right?

Also, I would like to take a moment to congratulate our barista Kendra for completing the Counter Culture Coffee barista certification program.  While we have independently certified her as awesome for some time now, with her coutless hours of dedication to the craft of coffee, be it attending cuppings or practicing late into the night for Northeast Regional Barista Championships last year along with her endless levels of energy and team spirit during the Thursday Night Throwdowns.

Her certification was based on completion of classes through Counter Culture, a written exam and a practical exam done in the style of a barista competition event.  She passed all of the above with flying colors because like I said, she is awesome.

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