This coffee from the women of the ASOBAGRI coop is an absolute powerhouse! It’s big, bold, buttery and just a bit complex with a lingering, pleasant finish. But there’s a soft side; it’s sweet and chocolatey too! Think fresh brownies and you won’t be far off. We noted rich dark chocolate and caramel along with just a dash of walnut and apricot. This coffee is an excellent “everyday driver” that will perfectly complement a dash of milk and sugar for those inclined.
Coffees like this one are great to stock up on, especially for those who like versatility and blending. We love it as a base for either a house blend or espresso blend since it provides body and texture for days. Finally, it’s great for those who like to experiment with roast levels. Whether you like light or dark roasts, this coffee will take them all well and keep on trucking!
Reminder! This coffee is raw, you must roast it before brewing
Arrival Date: September 23rd, 2022. US Arrival August 2022
Acidity & Brightness: Gently bright and fairly sweet.
Balance & Finish: Slightly complex with a lingering, pleasant finish
Body & Texture: Big, rich body and buttery texture
Flavors: Dark chocolate, caramel, walnut and apricot
Grade: SHB EP, grown at 1400 - 1650 masl
Certifications: Organic & Fair Trade
Processing: Fully washed and dried in the sun
Grower: 182 women | Asociación Barillense de Agricultores (ASOBAGRI)
Region: Santa Cruz Barillas, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Varieties: Bourbon, Catuai, Catimor, and Caturra
Recommended Roast Range: City+ to Vienna (light-medium to dark)
This coffee has excellent range and will take a wide variety of roasts well. We like it best right at Full Medium or between the end of 1st crack and just before 2nd crack begins. Lighter roasts will bring out a bit of citrus brightness and mellow the nutty flavors. For more chocolate and caramel focus, take it a touch darker. Darker roasts will also accent more of the buttery texture.
Royal Coffee - "Unless you are going to parachute into Santa Cruz Barillas, you should plan for one of the longest coffee treks of your life. While many are familiar with Huehuetenango and the reputation of the coffee region, few have ventured to this isolated corner of Guatemala. Royal has gone many times over the years, and we are proud to have been the first to import Fair Trade certified coffee from Asociación Barillense de Agricultores (ASOBAGRI). The spectacularly rugged terrain has served to preserve the indigenous heritage, distinct clothing, and dialects that can vary from one mountain ridge to the next. In this cultural oasis, ASOBAGRI has become an important bridge to the international coffee community. This cooperative is simply one of the most sophisticated and well organized in the world with more than 1,400 members, spread across 80 communities, who cultivate and harvest their own coffee on small farms with their own micro-mills.
Promoting gender equality throughout the organization has been a shining success at ASOBAGRI. This particular lot called Las Dueñas Cafe is the culmination of an integrated program for 182 female members of ASOBAGRI. The program includes 5 women technicians providing training and technical support that is appropriately tailored to the needs of the members. Strategies like using coffee pulp to make organic fertilizers reduces the transportation costs associated with purchasing fertilizer from afar, and at the same time, creates an abundant source of plant nutrition that ensures better yields and quality. Income diversification investments in chicken farms, avocado trees and local cafeteria have also strengthened the options for women members. "