Guatemala | Francisco Mendez

Guatemala | Francisco Mendez

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Our second offering from Onyx Importers in Guatemala this year is quite different in profile than our La Garita, and it’s exciting to showcase different coffees from the same region side by side to learn more of the flavor range these regions have to offer. This coffee is a curated union of three of Franciso Mendez' treasured small lots, representing the terroir he lovingly cultivates with his brothers. These lots include El Barranco, El Peñazco, and La Joyada.

Francisco, along with his uncles Gabino and Gilberto, works an entire mountainside side of a mountain in remote Northwest Huehuetenango. While working in coffee alongside family members is not rare in Guatemala, the depth of collaboration and transparency with which they partner is remarkable. Year after year, they share successes and misses, working together to make each other's lots thrive. They operate like a co-op, each member making their contributions.

Of the three, Gabino is focused most on quality improvements, so he travels to Guatemala City to take courses at Anacafe, learning about innovations in varieties and processing. Recently, he implemented his learning by lengthening the washing channels on their central wet mill to improve processing, and this year's crop showcases brighter, crisper profiles as a result. Another example is shade: Gabino utilizes mostly Chalum shade, as Gravilea trees make the soil more acidic. Chalum leaves biodegrade four times faster than Gravilea leaves, and he and his sons are monitoring the longer-term soil impacts as a result. Francisco Florencio supports his uncles with the water from his ground springs, and Gilberto makes structural improvements around the farm. Gabino's sons have also studied soil science, and support soil analysis and fertilizer on each lot. The result is that each lot improves significantly and all family members benefit.

During this harvest, Onyx worked with the Mendez family to carefully blend lots based on cupping, analysis, and conversation, keeping each member's lots separated to showcase their work. If we were to take one single coffee from our lineup as a runner-up to our Fall blend, it would be this coffee.

We taste: apple skin, toffee, milk chocolate, balanced 

Single-Origin Details:

  • Producer: Francisco Mendez // El Peñasco, El Barranco, and La Joyada

  • Region: Huehuetenango

  • Process: Washed

  • Variety: Bourbon, Caturra

  • Elevation: 1700 MASL

  • Harvest: 2020-2021

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Brian
First time I ordered a fresh batch before I finished the first

Francisco Mendez is my favorite central American coffee I've tried from Quill's yet. Amazingly balanced and roasty, with subtle notes and a clean finish. As soon as I finish a cup, I wish I would have made more