"Do it big, do it right and do it with style." -Fred Astaire
This is absolutely a Dancing Ox favorite! Coffee from Huehuetenango in our book showcases a beautiful balance of sweet, citrus, and medium body. We're loving this as a drip, pour over, and French press.
About the Coffee...Coffee: Los Arroyos
Los Arroyos farm can be found in the rugged terrain of the La Libertad region of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The 50 hectares of sloping fields can require careful cultivation and logistics, spanning 1400–1800 meters above sea level. Felipe Venenciano Martinez Lopez and his three sons operate the farm and oversee production, growing Caturra, Catuai, and Pache varieties.
The farm has four wetmills in the fields that act as satellites for the central mill and drying patio. Here at these mills, coffee is pulped and fermented before being moved down the slopes for drying. Using these satellites has several benefits; the cooler temperature and higher elevation here means that the coffee enjoys longer fermentation times, contributing to complexity in the cup, and the processed coffee is much easier to move down from the steep fields to the central mill for drying. After being fermented, the coffee is dried on concrete patios at the central facility.
About the Dancer...
Well rounded, talented, and timeless, Guatemala is the Fred Astaire of coffee. Notably the greatest dancer in film history, Fred Astaire has always been a big influence in our ballroom dance journey. It's hard to picture elegant smooth dancing without images of Fred taking his partner around the floor.