This Bourbon comes from producer Eddie Barrientos, in the town of San Miguel Dueñas, in Antigua, Guatemala. Our partners at San Miguel have developed a small producer program called Entre Volcanes, which Eddie is a part of. This program includes around 500 small producers to this day.
San Miguel provides technical assistance, farm visits, and financing to the producers in the program year-round, making it a team effort to grow the best cherries that will later be delivered to the San Miguel Mill for processing.
The Entre Volcanes program has been a favorite of those who focus on quality and consistency. The Entre Volcanes program also supports its producers with seedlings, medical and dental clinic services, and other benefits. What makes Entre Volcanes unique is the quality and consistency delivered through a sustainable program that positively impacts the nearby communities.
Antigua is famous for its coffees as one of the oldest names for Guatemalan beans. It is characterized by rich volcanic soil, warm days, cool nights, and high altitudes surrounded by three volcanoes (Agua, Acatenango, and Fuego, the last one still active), providing great environments for dense beans to grow. Temperatures range from 17 to 22 degrees Celsius, and rainfall ranges from 32 to 48 inches.
San Miguel supports Eddie with the selective picking at his farm before the cherry is delivered to the San Miguel Mill, where their QC team checks its quality. The cherry then runs through a siphon and is depulped and fermented for 24-30 hours before being dried on raised beds.
The final cup brings sweet notes of cherry, green apple, and black tea, rounded out with a smooth mouthfeel and a subtle malic acidity.
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