Guatemala Finca San Jerónimo Miramar Cultivar Box Set

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Guatemala Finca San Jerónimo Miramar Cultivar Box Set

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This limited-edition, unique coffee gift set includes four different cultivars of coffee from the same farm, Finca San Jerónimo Miramar in Guatemala.

Please note: This coffee will be roasted for the final time on January 23, 2017 only. If you order other items in addition to the set, we will hold everything to be shipped together.

ABOUT FINCA SAN JERONIMO
Finca San Jerónimo (owned and operated by the wonderful Bressani Family) is a stunning and ecologically diverse farm situated on Volcano Atitlán in Guatemala. The environmental practices and concern with which the farmers treat their land is an inspiring example of sustainability, and the quality of their coffee is exceptional. In addition, the way in which they treat the people who work on their farm is a beautiful picture of humanity. 

We are proud to partner with them in offering this cultivar separation. From the same farm, similar altitudes, and similar processing we are featuring four different cultivars to highlight the differences in flavor specific to variety type.

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Cultivars included in the set (all 4oz bags, light roast):

ETHIOPIAN F1 - 1600 masl
This is a highly rare and experimental cultivar - a mix between Heirloom Ethiopian Rume Sudan and Sarchimor. This coffee originated in an agricultural experimental facility, after two Central American missions visited Ethiopia in the 1960s and collected different cultivated and wild varieties. In the 90s they were mixed with traditional Arabicas and roya-resistant varieties from Central America to make the first Ethiopian hybrids. These were distributed to different farms in the region, including Finca San Jerónimo, where they are conserved in the high-altitude Altamira lot. Just meters from here is where the rare Quetzal bird chose a tree to mate, which is an inspirational symbol for the farmers to forge ahead in promoting conservation and biodiversity. They have protected the area and created a sanctuary for the birds by planting more fruit trees, which they love.

SAN JUAN CATUAI - 1500-1600 masl
Catuai is a high-yielding cultivar which originated in Brazil as the result of a cross between Mundo Novo and Caturra. Mundo Novo was selected for its preferential taste attributes and blended with Caturra to make it shorter. The dwarf quality of these trees, lent from the Caturra side, make them much more convenient and therefore desirable for harvesting. Catuai is the Finca Administrator's favorite varietal thanks to its outstanding adaptability to the Atitlán Volcano slopes and great tasting cup. Its characteristics include creamy milk chocolate notes of the Caturra and the fresh fruity acidity of the Typica lineage. "San Juan" refers to the name of the lot on the Finca where this cultivar is grown.

MARAGOGYPE - 1200 masl
Maragogype is a natural mutation of the Typica lineage (an heirloom cultivar of coffee), discovered in Brazil. This variety was brought to the Finca from El Salvador back in the late 1970s. This coffee variety tends to produce low quantities of coffee, but the size of the cherry and the beans found therein are abnormally large. This often earns this coffee the designation "elephant bean." The Finca’s Patron would ask the farmworkers to pick this lot separately, since he liked to take roasted Maragogype coffee beans when he visited friends in the US. He would always come back telling stories about how Americans were so impressed by the large size of the beans.

GEISHA - 1500 masl
This heirloom cultivar first came into fame in Panama around 2004. Originally selected because of its resistance to certain forms of coffee leaf rust, this low-yielding plant is now prized for other characteristics in the cup. It is renowned for its quality, specifically relating to its sweetness, acidity, and floral tones. This variety was a gift to the Finca from a world-famous coffee researcher who visited the farm several times and was impressed by their good work. He gave the Administrator the Geisha seed and told him to plant it on a special spot since it was a prized variety. These magical beans helped the farm later on as an express ticket to the specialty coffee realm. They planted it on the slopes of the Atitlán Volcano.