One of the disappointing results of COVID this spring was our inability to visit the CODECH cooperative and Viviano Ramirez Mendoza, whose coffee we have been purchasing for 4 years running.
His farm sits in one of the highest coffee growing areas in Conception Huista, and his varietal composition includes red and green pache–a dwarf Typica mutation that can produce interesting nuance in flavor. This year’s harvest seems more Typica-like than previous crops. While the coffee in some ways embodies what we like to think of as quality, high grown, archetypal Huehuetenango, this year’s harvest seems to have a little more acidity and top end than usual: there is the expected mild red fruit, chocolate and cinnamon, but the green and yellow top notes are more abundant. It’s a crisp and bright, but still balanced, coffee. We’ve had it on bar at our Thames Street location for a couple of weeks now, and it makes a killer Americano. Certified organic.
Location: Concepcion Huista, Huehuetenango
Elevation: 1800 MASL
Varietal: red and green pache, caturra, bourbon
Process: washed and patio dried