Santa Ana Decaf
|REGION||Sierra de Las Minas, Guatemala|
|VARIETY||Caturra, Bourbon, and Catimor|
|TASTES LIKE||Forelle pear, walnut, and muscovado sugar|
Roasted one business day after order.
Rony Asencio and his family have been growing coffee at Finca Santa Ana La Huerta since 1990. The farm sits high in the Sierra de Las Minas mountain range, in Guatemala’s eastern highlands. Rony’s family is originally from the hallowed coffee ground of Antigua. He grew up around coffee and his father was, himself, a coffee farmer. However, when only a young lad, Rony’s dad sadly passed away, and the farm was sold.
Rony knew one day he would return to coffee. However, by the time he was old enough, many farmers in the region were, themselves, selling up to developers, who were offering far more money for land near the colonial town than they could earn by farming coffee. Antigua was out; the search was on. Rony eventually found a reasonably sized farm near the Sierra de Las Minas national reservoir. Taking advice from his father in law, legendary Antigua farmer Luis Pedro Zelaya, he set about planting the farm with specialty coffee trees.
This particular lot was decaffeinated using the celebrated CO2 method. This is the first decaf of this type that Cartel has ever carried. Like water processing, it is a method that does not use sketchy chemicals but rather carbon dioxide (the gas that plants actually breathe!) to remove the caffeine. In our experience, the coffee retains even more origin qualities than in water processed decaf, which is quite exciting!