Joya Oscura - Guatemala


Completing our offering from Guatemala for this year is the wonderful Joya Oscura. This is a really intriguing coffee. You'l find lots of complexity here, lovely gently sparkling acidity and so it was a bit of a surprise to find that it also works so well in espresso. In the cup you can expect very pleasing nutty notes, particularly sweet almonds and hazelnuts. We've had shots that reminded us of a walnut whip! A smooth butterscotch finish at the end lingers wonderfully. This one has been something of a revelation for us and we're sure you'll love it too.

The farmer is eighty years old, has had his farm for 35 years and Rogelio is still committted to doing everything he can to push coffee quality on his farm. Well done and thank you Rogelio, your efforts have really paid off this time. 

Origin:   La Joya Oscura, Huehuetenango.  

Farmer: Rogelio Lopez

Varietal:  Catuai, Bourbon, Caturra. 

Processing: Washed and sun-dried.

About the producer. 

Rogelio lives and manages the Joya Oscura farm together with his son José Lopez Xutuc in San Antonio Huista. The name of the farm arose years ago, as the farm was located in an area where the rest of the mountain was fully covered with vegetation. Sun and daylight would hardly come through thick layers of branches and leaves, the “Joya Oscura”, the “Dark Jewel” is how the land was referred to and why this farm carries that name.

About 35 years ago, Rogelio started with his farm. It was challenging, he explains, because at that time the farm was not accessible for vehicles and he had to bring farm inputs by horse andtransport the coffee in the same way. In thosedays, the only varieties that were available were Caturra, Catuai and Bourbon. At that time there was simply no other choice, but now he feels lucky to still grow these ones, as they turned out to have the best quality results. “I am 80 years old but as long as God allows me to live, I will be after improving quality and becoming better each and every day.” Rogelio and José plan tofocus on training the coffee pickers and thosewho work in the wet mill and have a soil analysis conducted on their farm.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Good Flavour

We did enjoy this coffee and would recommend but the Rio Magdalena (the other one we tried) won the vote!
Working our way through the different coffees

Joy to the (coffee) World

Ordered, delivered, drunk. Need some more. Love this rich coffee. Service is fantastic and freshness guaranteed. Buy some!!

Many thanks Stephanie! :)

Lovely smooth coffee. One of our favourites

First timer

First time with a non supermarket coffee. Everything I would want in a coffee, will spread the word.

That's fantastic Norman, seeing people graduate to the good stuff is definitely the best thing about speciality coffee, there's no going back! Enjoy. :)
Nutty Goodness

If Mars made a hybrid version of their Topic bar and augmented the hazelnuts with almonds then this is what you would be tasting in the cup here. Nice almonds, not a marzipan punch in the face more of a nice nutty sweetness that flows into the hazelnut in an almost praline way. Lovely V60 filter bean

Great to hear you are enjoying the coffee Chris. Loving those tasting notes which are very in tune with our own experiences. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review for us, much appreciated. :)

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