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Guatemala El Injerto Natural


Country: Guatemala
Region: La Libertad, Huehuetenango
Producer: Arturo Aguirre
Farm: El Injerto
Altitude: 5,300-6,030 feet
Variety: Red Catuai
Process: Natural


Flavors of brandy, strawberry soda and lavender.


This year we are increasing the assortment of coffees from El Injerto. In addition to the wet-processed Red Catuai variety coffee (which we’re calling Red Cat for short) we also have this natural processed lot. For a limited time, we also have a Maragogype variety coffee, as well as a small quantity of the extremely rare Gesha variety!

Natural processing is relatively new to El Injerto which, as with most coffee producers in Guatemala do, focuses on the traditional washed process. With natural coffees, the seeds are dried-in-the-fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed. The resulting flavor is dramatically different, in the best cases exhibiting fruit-forward intensity and smoothness. While supplies last, take the time to taste this natural processed Red Catuai variety coffee next to the washed Red Cat we are also offering.

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.