Tasting notes of Apricot and stewed fruits. Full bodied red wine finish.
Grown in the region of "we-we-ten-an-go", these lands were farmed by Mam and other Maya peoples long before the Spanish arrived and they used traditional farming practices even after the arrival of coffee in the late 20th century. The porous clay soil is rich in nutrients, drains well and does still include volcanic dust from nearby eruptions over time. These farmers only use grazing sheep as the only source of fertilizer.
This microlot comes from Ericka Funez, whose farm is situated in the village of El Pajal in the San Antonio Huista area of Huehuetenango. Ericka is one of the member farmers of The Red de Mujeres, or "network of women" - a large group of female producers who have been either widowed during the 36 years of civil war in Guatemala or were left when their husbands fled the country during the coffee crisis between 2001 and 2004. Since Huehuetenango was one of the areas hardest hit by the crisis, many people decided to give up altogether and find work elsewhere, leaving their families behind.
Doing some research on the culture of the people and farms we've stumbled across some truly fascinating things, I would definitely recommend looking it up yourself!