GUATEMALA - LOS PASTORES

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The Beneficio Pastores mill 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 the Pastores mill. Here the careful process of preparing the perfect coffee continues: depulping and a very precise 100% natural fermentation are the first steps. Coffee is then fully washed using fresh spring water and completely sun dried under the radiant Guatemalan sun.

After processing, various samples of each lot of parchment are drawn and sent out for Q-Graders to cup and evaluate.

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.

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 the artform, much like a vintner when sorting grapes for a wine, before being bagged for export.

Elevation: 1600 meters

Varietals: Bourbon, Caturra, Arabigo

Milling Process: Fully Washed

Drying Process: Sun Dried

Harvest Start Month: January

Harvest End Month: March

Cupping Notes:

Light to Medium Roast - Medium Brightness - Medium Body - Medium Sweetness

Notes of: Chocolate, Caramel, Pecan, Herb-like