Field Notes: Forging Local Ties in Guatemala
Roastmaster Blake headed down to Central America this week. This is the tail end of the annual harvest, so it's the best time to see what nuances the fresh beans will bring us in the months to come. He's been sampling this year's coffee harvest and learning more about unique processing methods underway such as greenhouse solar drying underway at Finca Bella Vista. Getting to know the local community of coffee growers in this area is important to us. We will be establishing direct trade relationships with some of the growers to help support local businesses firsthand.
One of the fincas, or farm estates, Blake will be visiting is Finca Carmona, and Finca Bella Vista, growers of the coffee for our rich and flavorful Guatemala Bella Carmona. Along the way, he's watching how the ripe coffee cherries turn into dried green coffee beans, ready for roasting.
We'll have a full update on the trip when he gets back.