This beautifully structured coffee opens with aromas of cashew, brown sugar, and mango. A date note accompanies pomegranate acidity in the cup, with sun tea and clove emerging in the finish.
Producer: Juan Diego de la Cerda
Farm: Finca El Socorro y Anexos
Region: Palencia, Guatemala Dept.
Altitude: 5,900-6,200 feet | 1,798-1,890 masl
Notes: Mango, Brown Sugar, Sun Tea
Juan Diego planted Java just a few years ago in El Socorro's Las Marias plantation, above a large plot of beautiful blue hydrangeas near the farmhouse. The windy, east-facing slope is shaded in the afternoon.
Java 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.
Java has been cultivated since at least the early 19th century, when Dutch traders introduced it (via Ethiopia) to the Indonesian island that gives it its name. Around 1990 Java was introduced to Costa Rica by the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD). Java is now known for being tolerant to disease and performing particularly well at high altitudes in Central America.
Finca El Socorro continues proving itself to be one of the best coffee farms in Guatemala, most recently with their washed Gesha taking first place in the 2020 Guatemala Cup of Excellence competition.
In 2007, El Socorro won first place in the Guatemala Cup of Excellence for the first time, and then took 4th place in 2008. El Socorro took first place again in 2011 with the Maracaturra lot. In 2012, Juan Diego finished in the top five in the Coffee of the Year competition. Such consistent results made us jump at the chance to become Direct Trade partners with Juan Diego nearly a decade ago, and we're proud to continue offering El Socorro's excellent coffees year after year.