Guatemala Blue Ayarza Natural

Rich chocolate, ripe strawberry, blackberry, caramel, sweet finish
On Sale
$4.62 / lb $702.78 / bag
TOP LOT
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Jul 2021
SKU P608282-1
  • 20 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Buy five bags of any current crop Guatemalan coffee and receive a $150 discount. Buy any ten bags, receive a $400 discount.

Laguna de Ayarza (Lake Ayarza) is a crater lake in the Santa Rosa department of Guatemala. It is known locally as Laguna Azul (Blue Lake). Lake Ayarza was formed around 20,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption. The lake has a surface area of 14km² and is located at 1,400masl. According to local legend, the true nature of the lake is far more mysterious. Some say it is connected to ocean, the actual depth is unknown and that an expedition to find the bottom ended in tragic failure. We do know Lake Ayarza is in a remote location and access is difficult. This means it has remained in pristine condition with only around 10 houses built around its edge. The lake is only 30 minutes from the Olam’s Cherry mill and is a must-see after visiting our facility. Olam buys coffee from more than 1000 small producers in the area. Some bring full truckloads of cherries; others arrive with a single sack on the back of a donkey. 

Country of Origin Guatemala
Harvest Season 2020/21
Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHG FANCY
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Cup Score 85.5
Region Santa Rosa
Growing Altitude 1800-2200m

History of Guatemalan Coffee 

Although coffee was brought over from the Caribbean in the mid-18th century by Jesuit priests, it was used primarily as an ornamental plant and garden crop for 100 years in Guatemala. Coffee wasn’t widely traded, however, until commercial production began in the 1850s. The volcanic soil and various micro-climates proved ideal for growing coffee in Guatemala. Coffee, within a generation, became the country’s most important crop. In 1860, Guatemala exported 140,000 pounds of coffee, and just 25 years later, the country was exporting over 40 million pounds. Large numbers of coffee farmers were German immigrants responsible for many inventions and innovations related to coffee milling. Most of Guatemala’s coffee was exported to Germany until the First World War, when exports shifted to the United States. 

Growing Coffee in Guatemala 

Coffee farming practices are similar to other countries in the region, but Guatemala has an abundance of water, volcanic soil, and very distinct micro-climates compared to its neighbors. Although late to coffee, Guatemala recognized and responded to the needs of the emerging specialty coffee sector earlier than most coffee-producing regions. Anacafé, the coffee producers association in Guatemala, identifies seven growing regions: Fraijanes, the plateau south of Guatemala City; Coban, a rainforest region in the center of the country; Huehuetenango, highlands near the border with Mexico; Atitlan, primarily the volcanic mountains on the Pacific side of Lake Atitlan; San Marcos, between Huehuetenango and the Pacific Ocean; Oriente, the driest of the growing regions located near the eastern border with Honduras; and the most famous of all, Antigua, nestled among the volcanoes an hour’s drive southwest of Guatemala City. 

  • Status Spot
  • Cup Score 85.5
  • Region Santa Rosa
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Wet Mill Blue Ayarza Cherry Mill
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHG FANCY
  • Growing Altitude 1800-2200m
  • Country of Origin Guatemala
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
  • On Sale Yes
  • On Sale Text quantity discount
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P608282-1

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