January/February Reserve: Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Victoria Champila Estate

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We are proud to offer an exceptional coffee from an exceptional source to ring in the new year. Our single origin Guatemala Huehue is available now through February.

About the region
Beans from the Huehuetenango Highlands, in western Guatemala, are among the most highly sought after — bright, rich, and well balanced. This remote region of the bean belt has been producing high quality coffee since the 1850’s.

It is an area of complex microclimates and rich biodiversity, and encompasses nearly all of La Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, the highest non-volcanic mountain range in Central America. Most coffee from Huehuetenango is grown at elevations of 4,000–6,000 feet, producing high and very high altitude beans.

Huehuetenango is also a region where a sustained effort is underway to treat the land and people with care, which makes choosing the farm as important as choosing the bean.

(Victoria Champila Estate)

(Victoria Champila Estate)

About the farm
Our source, La Victoria Champila, is one of the best run coffee estates in Huehuetenango. Not only is the product reliably excellent, but the growers are, as well.

The Vittoro family sustainably farms, and processes their shade grown coffee onsite. The family works hard to ensure people are cared for, as well as the land. Their local stewardship includes maintaining a school on their property for employees and children from nearby villages, providing an important educational resource for the community.

They have also partnered with Sertinsa and its non-profit parent Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung to support and promote their environmentally and socially responsible practices. 

About the coffee
Victoria Champila grows a very consistent, strictly hard bean coffee of outstanding quality — a mix of Bourbon and Caturra varietals with typical Guatemalan fruit notes. Growing at an average elevation of 1600 meters, Victoria Champila is considered a very high altitude coffee. From the cherry to the parchment, the Villatoro’s treat their crop carefully, so each bean can develop to its full potential.

All beans are handpicked at the peak of ripeness. After pulping, the beans are fermented in tanks and washed in channels with fresh water. They are then dried and dry milled.

Available for a limited time at select Whole Foods Markets or order online today.

Victoria Champila
Guatemala Light Roast
$16.00/pound

Available January–February 2016.

Region: Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Altitude: 1600 meters/5,249 feet
Estate: Victoria Champila
Mill: Beneficio Almolonga
Notes: Full Bodied, Pronounced Aroma, Medium Acidity