Tasting notes: Dark Chocolate, Plum, Lime, Tart Cherry
Elevation: 1,700 - 1,980 masl
Las Palomas is one of many mountain peaks around the San Pedro Necta area. The coffees making up this blend comes from the collective production of nine small producers located in and around Las Palomas. The plantations that Las Palomas comes from starts at an elevation of 1,700 masl and ends at 1,980 masl.
Harvest starts relatively “late” due to the altitude, so the season goes from the beginning of March until the end of April. There are two rounds of picking and coffee is handpicked and sorted by the members of the family, who also oversee their own wet mill processing and drying on their own patios.
Bella Vista first sourced these coffees with the help of Byron Benavente (a long-time Bella Vista colleague), who helps them outsource coffee from this area of Huehuetenango. Byron’s primary contact in this area is Marcos Domingo who leads the group of producers for Las Palomas. Through Byron, the families of Las Palomas have received assistance in improving their agricultural management and processing at their wet mill using Bella Vista-inspired methods.