Region: La Libertad, Huehuetenango
Producer: Arturo Aguirre
Farm: El Injerto
Altitude: 5,300-6,030 feet
This year we have expanded the number of offerings from El Injerto. In addition to the wet- and natural-processed Red Catuai variety lots, we also have this very special Maragogype coffee. Maragogype is a variety of Arabica species coffee that produces an extremely large bean. It is a natural mutation first discovered in Brazil near the town of Maragogipe, in Bahia state. In the years since its identification, the variety has been propagated in countries throughout Latin America. The so-called “elephant bean” variety is just 2% of El Injerto’s production but, it has naturalized especially well on the farm. The coffee is delicate and we choose to be gentle with our approach to the roast in order to bring out its delicate yet complex range of flavors.
El Injerto is one of the most celebrated coffee farms in Guatemala. It continues to be a leader in national tasting competitions, this year snagging second place in Guatemala’s Cup of Excellence competition. El Injerto has placed in the finals of Cup of Excellence thirteen times, amassing seven first place awards!
The farm was founded by Jesús Aguirre Panamá in 1874, with the first coffee planted around 1900. Today El Injerto is managed by the third and fourth generations of the Aguirre family. The property is planted with about 620 acres of coffee, with another 1,160 acres of rain forest preserve adjoining the farm.