Our newest seasonal offering comes to us from Guatemala. Coffees from Guatemala can have a wide range of flavours from heavy and rich to bright, fruity and complex. This coffee is grown in the Huehuetenango region of the country which is protected from frost with hot dry wind coming from the north. Huehuetenango has the highest non-volcanic mountains in Central America which are particularly well suited for coffee production.
photo cred: http://www.cafeimports.com/album/view/la-bolsa-huehuetenango
Coffees from this region have a distinct fruity acidity that makes this coffee stand out from the other coffee producing regions of the country. In Huehuetenango, the harvested green coffee is laid in drying beds stacked upon one another producing longer drying times and creating a brighter flavor in the coffee (Cafe Imports). This coffee is a collaboration of several different farms in the area and is the product of hard work from several different farmers.
Coffee came to Guatemala during the mid 1700s from European Jesuits. The agricultural product became a staple cash crop during the 1800’s supplanting the country's main crop at the time, Indigo. Coffee production spread throughout the country and Guatemala today now produces some of the highest quality coffee on the market. This coffee is grown in some of the highest altitudes in the country and is awarded the top ranking of SHB (strictly hard bean) insuring that this coffee is at the perfect altitude for coffee production (from James Hoffman's The World Atlas of Coffee).
This coffee has a syrupy sweet body and is highlighted by its bright red apple acidity. While cupping this origin, the dry ground coffee’s aroma was reminiscent of cotton candy. This is the coffee you want to have at home when you are entertaining guests or if you need a cup of cold brew. For those of you that are home espresso fans and need a coffee that provides a quality milk drink while also being flavorful and nuanced, this Guatemalan can accomplish both. Here at Sump we have found that pulling this coffee a bit more ristretto really highlights the strengths of this Guatemalan and creates an exceptional milk drink.
Though you mostly hear us talking about coffee at Sump, we’re thrilled to be serving Song Tea alongside our coffee. Peter Luong, founder of Song Tea, was kind enough to sit down with me to talk about his unexpected journey into the tea world, fishing out tea scam artists, and what makes an exciting cup of tea.
Please join us for Sump's summer party featuring coffee, ice cream and craft beer here at Sump Coffee, Saturday, August 13th from 5pm-8pm. This event is totally free. 100% of tips and donations will go to Team Sump fundraising cycling event Bike MS Gateway Getaway 2016 led by Team Sump captain Mike Weltmer. For more info about the ride, please visit www.bikeMS.org
A note from our team Captain Mike Weltmer:
"Multiple Sclerosis (MS) touched my life many years ago through my wife whose father was diagnosed with MS at the age of 32. In 2013, my wife and I decided to participate in the BikeMS event in memory of her father. In 2014, we again participated in the event except this time, we did it in recognition of two people, Ellen’s father and her step brother, who was diagnosed that same year. Little did we know, I was actually riding with MS myself. I was diagnosed with MS on January 25th, 2015 when I found myself suddenly unable to walk. My goal at that time, was to get back on my feet and my bike and participate in the Bike MS 2015 event. Fortunately, I was able to do this and rode 50 miles that year. As for this year, my wife and I found ourselves without a team for the 2016 Bike MS event. Because the ride means so much to me, I decided to try help build a team by seeking support from a local company. My first thought was Sump Coffee. I figured I would combine two of my favorite things, coffee and biking. To my huge relief, Scott Carey was immediately responsive and receptive to the idea. I can’t express enough gratitude to Scott and his employees for their generosity, efforts and willingness to get involved and support this event. I will forever be grateful!"