Guatemala El Injerto Natural Single-Origin Espresso
This year we are featuring a pair of Red Catuai variety coffees from El Injerto. In addition to the wet-processed lot (which we’re calling Red Cat for short) we also have this natural processed lot. Although it tastes great brewed in various ways, we were especially impressed with its performance as a single-origin espresso. If you do not have an espresso machine at home, don’t let our suggestion stop you from trying this coffee using your preferred brewing method.
Natural processing is still relatively new to El Injerto which, as most coffee producers in Guatemala do, focuses on the traditional washed process. 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. While supplies last, taste this natural processed Red Catuai variety coffee next to the washed version.
El Injerto is one of the most celebrated coffee farms in Guatemala. It continues to be a leader in national tasting competitions, this year they ranked another coffee amongst the best in Guatemala’s Cup of Excellence competition. El Injerto has placed in the finals of Cup of Excellence fourteen 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 third and fourth generations of the Aguirre family. The property is planted with about 620 acres of coffee, with another 1,160 acres of rain forest preserve adjoining the farm.