Antigua community lot returns for the 3rd year.
Sweet, complex Antigua shines across multiple brewing methods.
Producing some of the world’s most elegant coffees, Guatemala's Antigua Valley is a rightly famous coffee-growing origin. What makes Antigua so special though? Plants need sun, water, nutrients, and air, but Antigua provides an extra boost as its neighboring volcanoes layer mineral-rich ash and pumice into the topsoil. Acting like a sponge, the pumice retains moisture, offsetting the region’s relatively low rainfall. With warm sunny days, abundant tree cover, and cooler nights, the temperate Antigua Valley is perfect for finer C. arabica cultivars like Bourbon and Catuai.
This community lot was built on the efforts of twenty-one quality-focused farmer-producers from across the Antigua Valley. Producing partners Los Volcanes (formerly TG-Labs) selectively blend these January-March day-harvests into a beautifully balanced lot at the Nueva Esperanza wet mill. With a detailed approach to milling that focuses on a long dry fermentation, followed by a shorter wet fermentation, the contributing farmers and we, the roasters, are enthusiastic about the quality that Nueva Esperanza brings to their processing - supporting the intrinsic beauty of the region’s elegant cup profile. This year Los Volcanes took quality, education, and sustainability to the next level by conducting compost and fertilizer experiments with their soil science experts. They found their custom, organic blend to not only prevent against disease, but also increase yield and cup quality.
Thanks to the land, its people, and the work from Los Volcanes, we are proud to welcome the return of Nueva Esperanza. Perhaps tastiest in press pot and auto-dripper formats, get dialed-into red flavors of sweet bing cherry and vanilla by starting with a 1:16.5 brew ratio, filtered water at 206-208℉, a medium-coarse grind, and a 4-6 minute brew cycle.