A celebration of Guatemala Finca El InjertoNov 09, 2016
A perfect cup of coffee begins years before you roast or brew it, which is why we decided a long time ago that working directly on the ground with folks growing and processing the coffee was paramount to sourcing and serving the best coffee on the planet.
We call it Direct Trade, which means that we buy coffee directly from the grower, and have established a long-term, collaborative relationship that is quality-based and designed to last. We pay more in exchange for coffee that is grown and processed with utmost care, and the exceptional coffee producers at Guatemala El Injerto excel in this realm.
Over a decade ago, we teamed up with Guatemala Finca El Injerto, run by the Aguirre family. Coffee from this farm wins not only the hearts and cups of us at Stumptown, but it also takes home Guatemalan Cup of Excellence awards (think coffee Oscars) year after year.
We look to the Aguirres to grow and process some of the most consistently clean, sweet, and well-balanced coffees we’ve ever tasted, and we’re taking this month to celebrate the great work and long legacy of these remarkable coffee producers. We count ourselves lucky to call them partners and friends.
Where the Magic Happens
A seven-hour bumpy drive from Guatemala City up over the mountains and down into a majestic canyon brings us to coffee Shangri-La. More than half of this land is thousand-year-old virgin forest; the other half is one of the finest coffee farms on earth.
142 Years in the Making
Jesus Aguirre Panama purchased the family land in 1874 and first planted coffee here in 1905. He named the farm El Injerto, after a fruit that grows only in this region. Today father-and-son team Arturo Aguirre, Jr. and Sr. run the operation, and it just keeps getting better.
The Aguirres practice impressive sustainable agricultural methods, including a hydroelectric power system which produces all of the electricity of the mill and surrounding village. They filter water before returning it back to the river, replant native species and avoid insecticides, managing weeds by hand with a machete. They are in the process of becoming certified as a carbon-neutral operation.
Gesha Road Trip
Our history with El Injerto runs deep, illustrated by a legendary tale recalled by our founder Duane several years back. Tucked into a station wagon with his kids and a handful of seedlings, Duane traversed Latin America to introduce Gesha, a beloved coffee heirloom, to a new world, planting it in new earth at Finca El Injerto. We’re now seeing (and tasting) the exceptional fruits of that labor.
El Injerto sets a gold standard in its commitment to employee well-being. The Aguirres pay their workers twice the local rate, provide health clinics and child care facilities for employees, and recently built new housing with cleaner burning gas stoves. They also built a tortilla press on-site so employees can enjoy fresh tortillas throughout the day.
Worth Its Weight In Gold
Our work with El Injerto is an exemplary direct trade relationship. This means that we buy coffee directly from the grower, and have established a long-term, collaborative relationship that is quality-based and designed to last. We pay more in exchange for coffee that is grown and processed with utmost care, and the Aguirres excel in this realm. Year after year, Finca El Injerto continues to produce coffee that is consistently unparalleled.
Arturo Aguirre Jr.’s attention to detail and sense of adventure allow us to collaborate on incredible rare and special offerings too, like the extraordinary Dry Processed Bourbon Cold Brew, and Grand Cru Gesha and Pacamara microlots available this season.
For the month of our Injerto Celebration, we will be offering a special on one Injerto coffee each week. We'll be serving the following coffees available for pour over on our new ModBar each week:
NOV. 7 - NOV. 13 Injerto Bourbon This is desert island coffee. You could drink it every day of your life and not get tired of it. If you don’t like this coffee, you probably don’t like coffee.
NOV. 14 - NOV. 20 Injerto Bourbon Dry Process It was so exceptional in our Grand Cru Cold Brew, we stashed some away exclusively for Modbar in our cafes. Available for one week only.
NOV. 21 - NOV. 27 Injerto Pacamara An exemplary vision of a unique coffee varietal. Drink it when there’s something to celebrate.
NOV. 28 - DEC. 4 Injerto Gesha This is the coffee for finishing a fine meal with good people. It's the one to drink when you can pause and take it all in.