Guatemala La Soledad Catuai
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The Pérez Family
December 2020 – February 2021
Orange | Caramel | Dried Cherry
The Pérez family has been growing coffee at Finca La Soledad in Acatenango for over 120 years. The farm is located about 25 kilometers from Fuego, one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, at an elevation ranging from 1400 to 1600 meters above sea level.
Pacific Ocean breezes are steady at La Soledad, but rainfall is sporadic, so the Pérez family is constantly monitoring the growing conditions and actively managing the farm. They are especially focused on its soil, managing the trees that provide shade to the six varieties of coffee they grow, and incorporating organic compost with occasional ash deposits from Fuego’s regular eruptions. The Catuai plants that produced the coffee in this lot are roughly 40 years old, and have had high yields this harvest, thanks to the Pérez family’s management efforts.
Another focus has been refining the coffee washing and drying processes. This harvest, the family extended fermentation times to 36-40 hours to help instill some light fruit notes, and the results are evident in this lot.
They also have made investments in raised beds and shade covering on patios to control the rate of drying and make their coffees better for longer. These technologies create a slow, stable drying process that more reliably articulates and preserves the unique flavors and delicate aromas that are the hallmarks of Finca La Soledad. This lot of Catuai was dried on raised beds over the course of 10-14 days.
This is the best of the La Soledad Catuai lots we evaluated this season, and has exactly what we are looking for in a single-origin coffees from Guatemala: prominent sweetness, with threads of apple, citrus, and dried fruit woven into the flavor profile.
— Sam Sabori
Director of Coffee
Green Coffee Buyer for Guatemala