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    Yesterday, my crew visited Alexander Illescas farm / patio and his retail stores in Ciudad Vieja. Alexander is Ciudad Vieja native and he has his own coffee farm and he is one of the farms that work with us providing specially processed beans to our customers.
    He also is trying to help by representing very small coffee farmers around Chimaltenango area where the farmers can only speak their own native language, not even Spanish, so it is very difficult for them to sell their coffees to foreigners or any other paying coops.
    So, Alexander Illescas is trying to help them out by introducing their coffees to us. Very nice coffee, clean and chocolaty with fine acidity.

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    Quite a few coffee farmers also raise honey bees to collect their honey to sell to local small markets or to tourists visiting their farms.

    Almost every tourist think that coffee flowers get pollinated by "cross-pollination" (by wind or by bees/insects), but what they do not know is that most of coffee farms in Guatemala plant Arabica coffee trees. ALL Arabica trees are "self-pollinating coffee trees". the coffee flowers do not need wind or insects to get pollinated and bear coffee fruits (cherries).

    HOWEVER, ALL Robusta coffee trees are "cross-pollinating" trees/plants which need honey bees to get their coffee cherries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensoluna View Post
    I got these photos from "acodihue" Coffee coop in Huehuetenango. This company supplies "Fabaceae" beans to Nescafe in Mexico. ( this is the definition of what is Fabaceae : a large nearly cosmopolitan family that comprises the peas, beans, and related herbaceous or woody plants with pealike flowers and a legume as fruit and that is now usually included in the family Leguminosae.)

    In first photo, far to right, you will see the cup with this beans. Basically, when Nescafe Mexico makes the instant coffee, they mix with this Black beans to get the cost down. This practice is mainly done in and for 3rd world countries only which include most of Latin and South-East Asian and African countries.


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    Black beans (turtle beans) are phaseolus vulgaris. I would think that the skins would produce an almost purple tint when soaked in hot water. I guess the color of the coffee masks it.

    In the US, if the black beans are not stated as an ingredient, it could be considered economic adulteration, and Nescafe would be subject to penalties.

    Interesting fact, and shame on Nescafe.

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    I took these photos from one of the coops we are working with.

    what's interesting about this is that when they receive the parchment bean bags, there is one person (he is cupper / kind of Q grader for the company) who sticks long & round thing (I do not know how to call it in English nor Spanish :+) and pull out some parchment beans and smells them. This process is just to check whether the beans are fresh and not over-fermented. So, if you look at the jute bags closely, every bag will have one or two holes on them.

    However, when we export after milling them (parchment to green bean), we use another new jute bag without the holes.

    PS: yes, don't forget about the security guards with Shot guns!!!!


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    I do not know how many people heard of or even tried "Mayan Coffee", but honestly, I haven't nor even seen.

    I am writing about "mayan" coffee because everyday here in Guatemala, I am visiting coffee farms where MOST OF COFFEE PICKERS are Mayan descendants.
    However, I am 100% sure that these real Mayan descendants never have seen the "Mayan Coffee" which was probably created by and for the foreign tourists.

    This coffee is made from a liquor called, Xtabentun which is made with the honey from xtabentun flowers that only grow in the Yucatan, Mexico. Then, it is distilled with anise seed and rum. It is a spicy & sweet liquor that goes really well with coffee.

    anyway, just for shits & giggles.. here is the youtube link how to make this coffee. Enjoy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WIAP_s2iZ4
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    One of my customers came to a coffee farm few years ago, they had asked the owner to plan Pink Bourbon which is very rare and difficult to produce with consistency.
    Anyway, the owner had planted some and after 3 years, we picked the very first Pink Bourbon cherry today. Not yet to be harvested and still couple of years to go.

    This varietal is a hybrid of Red Bourbon and Yellow Bourbon. And it is very resistant to Coffee Rust.
    In USA, there are few roasters and importers who carry Pink Bourbon and they are quite sought after.



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    From Finca Colombia in Antigua, the owner grows few Robusta coffee plants in his farm.
    This is just for the show. he likes to show the Robusta coffee plants to his visiting buyers and tourists.
    Even for me, it was the first time that I have ever seen a Robusta coffee plant.
    It bears cherries like Bourbon with longer internods (compared to Caturra) and it is much bigger tree than other Arabica plants.

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    Robusta bean is much smaller and rounder than Arabica bean and has double the caffeine.
    It mostly grows in lower altitude with a lot of sun, without shades. and it is very resistant to many types of coffee diseases.

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    Some of the farms in Acatenango started selling dried coffee pulps to overseas to be used as "cascara" coffee tea.
    this lot is headed to Switzerland.
    Even for our company, when we process Natural Geisha or Pacamara for our customers, we do not throw away the dried pulps.
    Since they are so flavorful, we use them as "infused coffee tea".

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    We heard a lot about mocha beans. how rare they are how small they are.
    I personally picked these beans from one farm in Acatenango.
    of course the small cherry/bean is mocha. the red cherry/bean is Pacamara. and yellow cherry is catuai.

    Honestly to say, I have really never had a good mocha coffee. I had some, but none were good at all. it was "just good" at the most.
    I wonder anyone in this forum had some great mocha coffee.

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