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 Panorama of the brand new mill at Xalum, overlooking Lake Amatitlán.

Panorama of the brand new mill at Xalum, overlooking Lake Amatitlán.

Xalum

dark milk chocolate, nutty, vanilla wafer, light citrus finish

This is the Xalum General Lot: the largest bulk of the main harvest. It's our go-to for a deep, chocolatey coffee. We've been working with Christian Starry & his family, who run El Xalum, for the past six years; the farm is located near Lake Amatitlán, and the wet mill (pictured above) directly overlooks the lake.

When we first started working together in 2011, they were just coming back from a series of setbacks: battered by a hurricane, hit hard by the Coffee Leaf Rust epidemic, decline in pollinator populations and more. Since then, tremendous effort on the part of the Starry family has led to a new chapter being written for the family farm.

Most significantly, last year was the first time for processing 100% of their own coffee at a newly constructed wet mill. The mill is set up to efficiently process coffee cherry using best practices (color coded fermentation tanks for tracking, ample space for extended fermentation, water recycling where appropriate, etc.), ample patio space for traditional drying in addition to raised beds for drying smaller lots. Coming into the 2017-2018 harvest, having a year of experience with the new mill under their belts, the Starry family has produced a whole series of specialty microlots alongside this main lot we'll be featuring over the next year -- look for releases through the summer and fall!

Producer Christian Starry
Region Amatitlán, Guatemala
Elevation 1400 - 1500 meters
Process Fully Washed & Patio Dried
Variety Red & Yellow Bourbon, Typica
Harvest December 2017 - March 2018
Storage GrainPro™
Relationship Sixth Year Direct Trade