GUATEMALA • OLITA LIMA REYES
On the nose, you can pick up soft and pleasant black cherry, vanilla, and chocolate notes, reminiscent of Cherry Garcia Ice Cream. When brewed, it opens with a lovely summery array of wild strawberry and a hint of melon. These slowly give way to nice sugary notes of cooked red apple and sticky toffee. The finish brings it all together, like an apple crumble topped with vanilla ice cream.
Olita Lima Reyes’ coffees comes by way of Cafe Colis Resistencia, which is a group of producers in Mataquescuintla who have been under siege by Canadian Silver mining company Tahoe. The company purchased the Escobal silver mine in nearby San Rafael las Flores, endangering the area's fragile environment and livelihood of local farmers.
I am happy to join Bows & Arrows, Drumroaster, Luna, Chance and other Canadian roasters in supporting these farmers and their crucially important and peaceful resistance.
For more information, please read Luis Solano's "Under Siege: Peaceful Resistance to Tahoe Resources and Militarization in Guatemala"
Vanilla, Strawberry & Apple Crumble.
Sansupo, Mataquescuintla, Jalapa.
Pache San Ramon.
Cafe Colis Resistencia.