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Antigua is back, by far worldwide Antigua is the most famous area of production of Guatemala. The last time we carried Antigua was a few years ago and we have since then introduced other areas from Guatemala. For the holiday season, we sourced this beautiful lot of Antigua ‘s best expression amongst the high pedigree farms of Pedro Echeverria, third generation Antigua producer: Finca La Joya.
The coffee is milled and dried in Finca Capetillo owned by the same Echeverría family. The farm is part of the APCA association, guaranteeing its Antigua origin. It, has won several times best coffee in APCA competition and has participated three times in the Cup of Excellence auction.
La Joya is a steep micro farm nestled high on the slopes of Acatenango Volcano, overlooking the City of Antigua reaching 6200ft of elevation in its highest point. It was created 15 years ago, which is rather young compared with the other “certified Antigua“ farms, and is mostly planted with Bourbon, Pache and Caturra.
LA Joya is surrounded by a thick lush virgin forest, pure paradise for the colorful native birds and natural wildlife of the region, preserved and protected. The windy valley called for a specific variety of trees to protect the delicate coffee shrubs, the Gravilea, mixed with native trees. La Joya only produces between 250 and 400 bags of 69 Kg of premium Antigua coffee a year, we were lucky to secure a few of that amount for our customers’ enjoyment.