Javier Martinez | Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Javier Martinez | Huehuetenango, Guatemala Javier Martinez | Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Tasting Notes: Butterscotch, Milk Chocolate, Watermelon and Ruby Red Grapefruit. Healthy medium body, sweet and nuanced cup.

Produced by Javier Martinez
Location: Peña Roja, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Parcels: Flor del Cafe & El Aguacatal
Elevation: 1780 masl
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra 

 Additional from our import partners at Shared Source:

Javier Martinez lives and produces coffee in Peña Roja in Huehuetenango, and his farm extends up to 1780 masl. He fully dedicates himself to coffee production, meaning that he doesn’t have another job in town. He has two coffee parcels --Flor del Cafe and El Aguacatal, which he manages with his mother, Porfiria Martinez. He primarily farms Caturra and Bourbon varietals. 

Javier has come up with a unique system to homogenize fermentation in processing. 24 hours after de-pulping cherries the coffee finishes fermentation over a further 12 hours in fresh cold water before being fully washed. The controlled temperatures and prolonged time in anaerobic conditions contribute to a very clean, bright and creamy coffee. 

In terms of pricing transparency, Shared Source provided Javier with pre-finance to help him with cash flow before finishing the bulk of his harvest, and paid an average of 1375 quetzals/quintal (100lbs of parchment coffee) for the two lots that were blended together for his coffee. For context, the local price hovered between 500-600 quetzales/quintal in Huehuetenango this year.

Side note of interest and joy- Javier uses the word ‘calidad’- “quality”- as a bit of a verbal tic. Walking around the farm, he’d point out specific shade tree techniques and end his sentences by just repeating, “calidad, calidad”- which seems fitting, given how great I think his coffee is!