Guatemala: La Garita
We are excited to start working with our friends at Onyx Coffee Importers. Edwin Martinez, owner and CEO of Onyx, is a third-generation coffee producer in Huehuetenango specializing in nurturing coffee producer relationships and bringing excellent Guatemalan coffees to roasters around the world. We are bringing in two different and incredible fresh crop offerings from Onyx this year, the first being La Garita from Petronilo Martinez.
Father Petronilo Martinez and son, Petronilo Jesus, manage this farm on the Mexican Border. They named their farm after the avocado trees that were planted throughout the plantation. We have been so fortunate to know the Martinez Family for generations, and to have worked with them for many years.
El Aguacatal was founded in 1958 by Petronilo's father Gumercindo Martir Martinez, who left the farm to him. Don Petronilo de Jesus was elected as President of the Agriculture Cooperative to direct the production activities with several people and bring the coffee grown in Hoja Blanca to market. He was president for 5 years, but then bought 6 more hectares of land which kept him very busy-- by 1966 he was producing 300 quintales parchment. In 2004 he began working to export his coffee through Onyx.
The family is big. They are very unified, and incredibly hard workers. Petronilo de Jesus Martinez and his wife Demetria Castillo Recinos have 8 children, 23 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Most of the family is working in coffee at different levels, from Petronilo's award winning producer son-in-law Aurelio Villatoro to his son Petronilo, a forestry engineer. Petronilo is in his late seventies now. He enjoys walking on the farm to enjoy the sunshine and sounds of the river, watching his favorite soccer teams on TV, and reading his Bible.
Petronilo has several lots, included but not limited to this La Garita lot we brought in. These distinct lots are found in several altitudes and locations around the area of Hoja Blanca, from 1400 to 2100 masl. They represent the quality of Huehuetenango coffees, the unique flavors due to the very active micro-climates of Hoja Blanca and the quality soils in which they're grown. The forests surrounding the farm and fresh water springs support the processing facilities of the farm.
La Garita has everything you could want in a cup of coffee - deep sweetness, big juiciness, caramelized sugars and a lovely, grounding chocolate finish.
We taste: Blackberry, mandarin orange, plum, brown sugar, cocoa
Producer: Petronilo Martinez // El Aguacatal
Variety: Caturra, Bourbon
Elevation: 1700-1800 MASL
- Harvest: 2020-2021