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Mauricio Rosales was among our first Direct Trade partners. For more than 16 years, we have been working together to offer the very best of every harvest at Finca La Maravilla in Huehuetenango.
  • SKU Guatemala Maravilla SOE
  • Country Guatemala
  • Region within Country La Libertad, Huehuetenango
  • Elevation 1450-1850 m
  • Farm Finca La Maravilla
  • Farmer / Producer Name Mauricio Rosales
  • Buyer Sam Sabori
  • Cultivar Bourbon, Caturra, Pache
  • In Season Yes
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic No
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Guatemala Maryville Single Origin Espresso

La Maravilla is one of our longest-standing relationships, and has been one of the anchors of Northern Season single-origin menu since 2003. This year, we are presenting Mauricio’s coffee as a single-origin espresso.

Mauricio Rosales, the landowner of Finca La Maravilla, is always tinkering and has several projects that are constantly in motion. The three biggest projects he was working on this harvest were labor, improved picking, and reducing bottlenecks through the drying process.

Three birds, one stone?

Overall, this harvest had good growing conditions and good yields. This meant there was more cherry on the farm just waiting to be picked. But struggle to keep skilled labor on a coffee farm is common in Huehuetenango. The recurring theme that comes up in conversations with the locals is that if you are young and have enough saved to live in a city, the expectation is that you are going to opt for the urban lifestyle.

So this year Mauricio had an abundance of coffee, but a smaller labor force. He decided to be strategic and wait until coffee cherries were a deeper red, with a higher brix level than we have previously seen. Waiting this long before sending in workers to pick the cherry meant the darker red coffee was easier to spot and select, even for new farmworkers. Since coffee took longer to get to the desired level of ripeness and did so at different rates, this also meant there was less coffee delivered each day. This helped Mauricio get his coffee harvested with a smaller workforce, improved quality of picking, and simultaneously reduced the space needed to dry coffee on any given day.

Unlike most years, in which Mauricio has to cope with bottlenecks on his drying, this season he had too much drying space. This was partly because of the measures described above, and partly because Mauricio had built several new large raised beds in anticipation of a bottleneck based on what we observed together last season. Every year Mauricio and I discuss how to maximize quality through picking, and we agreed on expanding the number of drying beds as part of our commitment not to allow limited drying capacity to dictate quality this year. As a result of careful planning and luck, this was the first year Mauricio was able to do this successfully.

This year’s harvest was good, but not without challenges. There are big things coming from Mauricio and he is continuing to keep his head down to ensure his farm is successful. His coffee is clean, dense. And because that translates to a coffee that is structured around the kind of sweetness we are always so eager to enjoy, Mauricio’s coffee is something our roasters and baristas enjoy working with.

SHOT SPECS

18g in / 41g out / 29 seconds

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.