From land and producers that span generations. A collaboration between grandmother and grandson bursting with flavour.
At 88 years young, Ruth Alvarado de Martinez collaborated with grandson, Nicholas Hammond of Catalan de Las Mercedes fame to produce a coffee spanning generations. Between Nico’s knowledge of modern agronomy, and Ruth’s tenacious, hands-on approach (growing her own plants from seed), they produced a bright and fascinating coffee from San Jerónimo in the valley of Chimaltenango.
Under Ruth's supervision the cherries were harvested then fully washed with an additional post-fermentation soak at Nico’s wet mill. The extra soak was effective in enhancing the flavours already bursting from this coffee, with tangy notes of blood orange and a sugar cane sweetness.
It’s compelling, cross-generational story and unique profile made San Jerónimo the perfect coffee for Educator and Barista, Raichel Neufeld to showcase at the 2019 Canadian National Barista Competition. During her presentation, Raichel celebrated Ruth’s expertise to recognize the importance of gender equity in coffee production.