Guatemala: Pena Roja
This coffee is a classic example of a Guatemalan. It is light bodied with hints of various fruits and berries. We found it displays sweet tasting notes of pears and white chocolate.
Pena Roja, or red rock, lies in the foothills of Pena Blanca which peaks at 3520 masl.
Cooperativa Agricola Integral Peña Roja is a smaller co-op that works with a larger union of cooperatives, Fedecocagua, to help market and sell their coffee abroad. In return, they get extra investment and support as well as access to services such as agronomists that work directly with the union. In this manor they can maintain the traceability and character of their coffee and share the expertise that larger groups have access to as well as increase their network for best practices and issues fighting diseases.
Coffee on the 81 smallholders’ farms is picked by hand, washed and dried on patios under the sun, often those patios are the rooves of houses perching on the slopes and hillsides. The area contains a selection of varieties that allow for a more secure crop diversity.