We are very excited to introduce you to Fransisco Morales, whose coffee you will be experiencing more of over the next several years. Francisco started in coffee at age 16, and now has three sons who have followed in his footsteps - Aurelio, Freddie and Petronillo, each of whom Justin and Emily had the pleasure of meeting this April (photo below). This new relationship is being facilitated by Onyx Coffee Importers, which was founded by Edwin Morales. Their direct and transparent approach to sourcing coffee fits beautifully with our mission.
Located in the remote town of El Coyegual, Huehuetenengo, La Esperanza is an incredible farm way up in the mountains of Northwest Guatemala. The coffees from La Esperanza are consistently fruit forward and balanced cup. While we have not yet met Fransisco, we are told that he "is a gentleman that greets you with a wide smile and a friendly pat in your back. His lots are manicured and his trees are well taken care of. His family's home sits across the valley from his farm and you can gaze over his entire estate from his drying patios."
For several years we have desired to develop a second direct relationship with a farming family, much like we have enjoyed with Luis Alberto Balladarez these past six years. And our trip to Guatemala was the first step in what we believe will be a new relationship that will bring us many beautiful coffees in the future as well as provide us with some great opportunities to give back to this community.
In the Cup:
Great aromatics of dried fruit, florals, and caramel... We taste raisin, dried plum, apricot, tangerine, an excellent sweetness that is both fruited and caramel-like creamy, with a really light cocoa finish.