The Antigua region of Guatemala sits over 1,500 meters above sea level, in a valley surrounded by three volcanos, Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango. It has the perfect growing environment of sun, rain, cold night-time temperatures with mineral rich volcanic soil. The volcanic pumice in the soil retains moisture, which helps offset Antigua’s low rainfall in the dry season - January through April. Today roughly 270,000 hectares are planted with Arabica coffee and 98% of that is shade grown. Shade is especially dense to protect the coffee plants from the regions occasional frost. Guatemala benefits from high altitudes and as many as 300 unique micro climates. Most of the regions have constant rainfall and mineral rich soils. The Antigua region is probably the best known coffee growing region in Guatemala, and its celebrated profile fetches a high price. The Antiguan Growers Association was founded in the year 2000 to provide full traceability and certification to coffees labelled as Genuine Antigua and to assure that coffees labelled as such are actually grown in the region since many growers would ship their cherries to the region to be processed so that they could falsely claim they were from Antigua.
The Beneficio Pastores mill in Antigua was built in the late 1800’s as a flour mill. It was not until the early 20th century, that Pastores began milling coffee. In Antigua perfectly ripe beans are carefully handpicked and delivered to Pastores mill where they are depulped by a very precise 100% natural fermentation. The coffee is then fully washed using fresh spring water and completely sun dried. After processing, various samples of each lot of parchment are drawn and sent to our QC Lab where our Q graders cup and evaluate the coffees. Only the lots that achieve the rigorous and high standard of color, cup and bean size stay in “Pastores”. The coffee is stored in wooden warehouses that guarantee the preservation of color and moisture content. Antigua Pastores coffees are always freshly milled - only about 2 weeks prior to shipment. The beans are hand-sorted by more than 100 women with vast experience in this “art”, before being bagged.
The cup profile for the Antigua La Pastores has a bright acidity with a medium body with flavor notes of milk chocolate, caramel and almond flavors.
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