Owned by Juan Diego de la Cerda and his family, Finca El Socorro is a model of sustainability and farm management that has proven itself to be one of the best coffee farms in Guatemala, with four First Place Cup of Excellence finishes since 2007. (See highlights from our 2023 visit to the farm here.)
Juan Diego planted Java several years ago in El Socorro's Las Marias plantation. It was one of several lots in which polymers were placed in the planting holes to aid in water absorption, reducing the need for irrigation. El Socorro has had excellent results with this system.
Last year’s harvest was a beautifully structured coffee, opening with aromas of crème brûlée and orange. The creamy body featured notes of yellow plum and rocky road alongside grilled nectarine acidity. Notes of sandalwood, mandarin, and a hint of white pepper emerged in the complex finish.
More details from the Good Food Foundation's press release:
With an unparalleled commitment to honoring artisans who push the boundaries of taste, quality, and ethical production, this year's selection showcases the best of the best in the culinary landscape.
From a pool of over 1,650 entrants, over 200 Good Food Awards judges meticulously evaluated submissions across 18 categories. The 2024 Finalists represent a diverse array of culinary traditions, techniques, and regions, embodying excellence within their craft... "These exceptional producers have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to not only creating extraordinary flavors but also to sustainable practices, supporting their communities, and fostering transparency throughout their supply chains. This year's Finalists are true leaders in the good food movement." said Sarah Weiner, Executive Director of the Good Food Foundation.
The 2024 Good Food Award Winners will be announced on April 29th. Until then, explore the full list of this year's finalists and learn more about the Good Food Foundation here.
While we don’t have Java Washed in stock at the moment, we are currently offering another unique lot from Finca El Socorro: Laurina Washed. Learn more here.