Guatemala El Injerto Red Cat Natural
Cherry, Butterscotch, Nutmeg
Guatemala El Injerto Red Cat Natural $23.50
Producer: Arturo Aguirre
Farm: El Injerto
La Libertad, Huehuetenango
Fruity and spicy with flavors of cherry, butterscotch, and nutmeg.
Berry, Chocolatey, Nutty
5,300 – 6,030 feet
Whenever we take the long journey into the highlands of Huehuetenango to visit El Injerto, we are impressed with the cleanliness, efficiency and beauty of their farm and mill. El Injerto is one of the most celebrated coffee farms in Guatemala. It has placed in the finals of Cup of Excellence fifteen times, amassing a stunning seven first place awards!
The farm was founded by Jesús Aguirre Panamá in 1874, with the first coffee planted around 1900. Today El Injerto is managed by the fourth generation of the Aguirre family.
Notes from the Roastery
For the sixth year in a row, we are featuring a natural processed Red Catuaí variety coffee from Finca El Injerto. The Aguirre family spent years perfecting the finicky processing method, having historically focused on the traditional washed process, as most coffee producers in Guatemala continue to do. With natural coffees, the seeds are dried-in-the-fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed. The resulting flavor is dramatically different, in the best cases exhibiting fruit-forward intensity and smoothness.
Like the washed version, Red Cat Natural has been an Equator favorite for many years. Nate B., Equator’s Associate Director of Coffee, appreciates that the processing this lot went through didn’t impact the flavor so much that it overpowers the coffee’s inherent qualities. When developing a roast profile for the coffee, Associate Roaster Alex focused on extending the caramelization phase of the roast to highlight sweetness and body.
Good Coffee, Better Planet
The level of quality and consistency the coffee from El Injerto exhibits is nothing short of amazing. Coffee pickers are paid well and provided housing, food, and recreation areas on the farm, encouraging many to return each harvest season. In exchange, El Injerto retains experienced pickers familiar with their high standards and expectations.
Sustainability by the numbers:
- The Aguirre family installed a hydroelectric power plant that covers all of the farm’s electricity needs and then some. Any surplus electricity is sold to the Guatemalan government.
- El Injerto is Rainforest Alliance certified - 65% of the almost 1,800-acre farm is a rainforest preserve.
- Coffee parchment leftover from dry milling is used to fuel their mechanical dryers.
- Coffee cherries leftover from wet milling is used for compost.