Finca El Zapote is located in the Acatenango region of Guatemala, an area knows for its mineral rich soil. Nestled amongst volcanoes, the farm has been run by the same family for generations. Besides producing outstanding coffee, Finca El Zapote engages in various social, environmental and ecological processes, including an ecologically-friendly wet mill using less water, filtering it and recycling to avoid contamination. Shade trees are constantly planted to maintain the soil’s fertility. Each lot is cupped and cupping notes are recorded along with production data such as date and time of when the fruit was harvested, when the cherry was de-pulped and how long it stayed in the fermentation tanks. Julio maintains soil tests and weather data related to each lot as well which is one of the many reasons he is viewed as one of Guatemala’s best coffee producers.
Such care and attention to detail are obvious in the geisha they produce. Geisha is a difficult plant to grow and yields far less than other varietals - hence the increased cost but this one is worth the effort. It was awarded the highest grade (91.90) for Rainforest Alliance’s cupping for quality, making it the best scoring RFA coffee in the world. Very sweet and clean in the cup, this geisha is a must try for those who enjoy this heirloom cherry.
Region: Acatenango, Southern Guatemala
Farm: Finca El Zapote
Farmer: Julio Melendez Perez
Elevation: 5,200 – 6,000 ft. (1,600 - 1800 m.)
Process: Fully Washed and Sun Dried on raised beds, hand sorted packed in Grain pro bags
Taste Characteristics: Floral, bright red cherry, as it cools, mango, starfruit, papaya, notes of earl grey tea, slight cocoa note.
Certifications: Rainforest Alliance (RFA)