Guatemala Finca Vista Hermosa Limited Gold Label
caramel • crème brûlée • pomegranate
- roasted & shipped the same day
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This coffee holds a special place in our hearts here at Sagebrush as it was the first farm we stayed in in our first origin trip! In March of 2022, Matt and Jonathan stayed two nights on site at the Finca Vista Hermosa. In Spanish, that translates to “farm with a beautiful view” and indeed it was. In the depths of rural Huehuetanango, this farm was a joy to stay in. So when we saw that their lot was available to buy from, we immediately hopped on the opportunity. Initially, our mentality was “even if this coffee doesn’t necessarily compare directly to our other selections, the story alone will be a great educational opportunity.” Thankfully, we were actually very pleasantly surprised to cup this coffee and discover that it was actually super delicious! The smooth caramel-like sweetness and creaminess bit little pops of fruited sweetness make this coffee far from “decent.”
Flavor Notes: caramel • crème brûlée • pomegranate
creamy • juicy
Varietal: bourbon • caturra • catuai
Recommended Brew Method:
drip • espresso • french press
In the sixty three years since Don Felipe founded Finca Vista Hermosa, a lot has changed. Electricity and dirt roads have come to the steep mountainsides of Huehuetenango. Most smallholder farmers have their own wet mills. But access to the specialty market is still limited, and most farmers still operate at a loss. The commodities market does not work to the benefit of most Guatemalan producers. About twenty years ago, Felipe's grandson Edwin Martinez had a vision to directly connect smallholder farmers in Guatemala with quality-driven roasters around the world for sustainable relationships. With many failures and a bit of success, Edwin began importing the family's coffee to the US, and began working with neighboring producers the family knew well. Over the years, this vision has shaped into Onyx Coffee. They represent over forty producing families in Guatemala and partner with roasters all over the world, many whom have transformed the lives of farming families.
On a high slope surrounded by the lush valleys and ridges, Finca Vista Hermosa is indeed the vantage point of a Beautiful View. The family farm is a prime example of Huehuetenango fertility, and there's a good reason it's base camp to so many roaster visits over the years. Heavily invested in ecologically sound and healthy farming practices, the farm represents the rich legacy of three generations pouring their hearts into this region. Lots range from 1400 to over 1900 MASL, and produce purely SHB coffees. The majority of coffee plants grown are Bourbon, Caturra, and Catuaí varieties. Vista Hermosa is separated into more than eight micro-lots by altitude and variety, from our first lot, Michicoy, to the highest lots surrounding our wet mill.
In addition to a deliberate focus on our own quality and development, the family is keen to see positive change in the community and region. Each month, they host on-site agronomist visits for neighboring farmers to learn — some travel for hours with a mind to improve their own farms. After harvest each year, Don Edwin Martinez leads a small group of doctors, dentists, and veterinarians into the remote highlands of Huehuetenango, to support indigenous communities and their livelihoods.
On-Demand Roasting Explained
I'm sure that you've seen notes on our website about how 'We don't roast until you want it." or "Roasted Fresh After You Order", but have you thought about why and how we setup our business to do that?