We missed out last year on the lot we were after in Guatamala in the cup of excelecne. A mixture of being over spent in auctions and really high prices for coffee that wasn't as good as the regular Guatemalans we have(or maybe comparable but you get what I mean). So for this year's competition we kept some money aside for a couple lots to present to you.
San Rafael Pacun is located in Acatenango, municipality of Chimaltenago department, between the volcanoes of Acatenango an Atitlan. It has many microclimates that added to the plant varieties and farm handling, makes its coffee exceptional.
Gustavo Pérez is the owner and is the fourth generation of owners.
"The coffee was farmed since my grandparents until now. Since then we tried to have the best coffee of the world. Why are we proud of this? Because is the result of a strict quality control through out the whole process, since the management of the plantation, the picking and the wet mill, we have won gold medals (1962), participated 3 Cup of Excellence, and 5th place in the Roasters Guild Coffee of the Year Competition 2008."
MICROCLIMATE CONDITIONS Average temperature C: 22 Annual rainfall mm: 1800 Type of oil and predominant element: Loamy-Sand (Loamy: balance of clay, sand and limestone) Relative humidity %: 70 Type of shade trees: Inga Beginning of harvest: November End of harvest: March
FARM PROFILE Mills in the farm: Wet mill Drying method: Sun Annual production (69 K): 700 Temporary Employees: 20 Permanent Employees: 10 Certifications or awards: 3 auction awards 2002-2007-2008
In the cup expect big grapefruit motes with a lovely silk mouthfeel that covers the mouth and is so so sweet. This is well at home in the espresso machine for a great single estate shot or the filter/ French press.
Farm: San Rafael Pacun
Farmer: Cafetelera El Tunel, S. A.
Farm Size: 50.00 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 28.00 Hectares
Altitude: 1554 masl
Variety: Caturra, Bourbon
Processing System: Sun and Wet Mill