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Miguel Gonzalez - Guatemalan Washed

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ORIGIN: Guatemala
PROCESS: Washed
FARM: Santa Clara
VARIETY: Maragogype
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The Maragogype variety is quite unique. It’s one of the largest coffee seeds we’ve seen. Miguel Gonzalez operates a small farm in Huehuetenango, Guatemala where he grows coffee. A good portion of his farm is maragogype trees. He wet ferments his coffee for a day and washes all of it in canals to create a really clean and complex cup. The variety makes this coffee distinct, with notes of fresh apple, malt and a cola-like finish. 

The department Huehuetenango Guatemala borders Mexico's southern border.  Within Huehuetenango, there are multiple municipalities that produce coffee. Each municipality is unique. What they all have in common is clean, complex coffee. The farmers of Huehue have a unique washing process and is found in parts of Africa, but typically not in Latin America. After the coffee is depulped, it gets fermented in tubs and then it is spread into a long concrete canal that is flooded with water to rinse and wash the mucilage off of the coffee. Producers will walk down the canal with a large paddle, agitating and rinsing the coffee as water rushes by. Not all producers use washing canals, but it's something we've noticed is unique to the area.