Ep. 746 Guatemala El Limon Natural Pacamara

Blueberries, prunes, red grape

The 2021 crop of this coffee placed 14th in the 2021 Guatemalan Cup of Excellence and we couldn't be happier for Beto and his family! Felicitaciones! What an incredible achievement and we're delighted to be able to share the fresh 2022 crop with you.

Interestingly, a second farm from the region of Palencia also placed highly in the competition and it's fantastic to see it starting to be recognised for the amazing quality of coffee it produces. Palencia isn't part of the eight regions of coffee as defined by Anacafé (the National Association of Coffee in Guatemala), but you can see a lot of development in the zone, and El Limon is a perfect example of that development.

El Limon is eighteen hectares in size and sits at an altitude between 1,350–1,850 meters above sea level. The farm mainly produces Caturra and Bourbon but has also recently started growing SL28, H1, H3, Maracaturra, Maragogype, Geisha, Pacamaras, Caturras and Catuaí (yellow and red). In addition, around 8 water reservoirs have been built around the entire farm in order to preserve this vital liquid and help ensure the sustainability of the farm.

Fresh blueberries mashed up with prunes lead the way. Behind that is a depth of red grape sweetness with some funk coming along.

  • Country: Guatemala
  • Region: Palencia
  • Farm: San Patricio El Limon
  • Farmer: Guadalupe Alberto 'Beto' Reyes Aguilar
  • Altitude: 1,350-1,850 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm size: 9 hectares
  • Varietal: Pacamara
  • Processing method: Natural

Cupping Notes

Blueberries, prunes, red grape

  • Clean cup: (1–8): 6
  • Sweetness: (1–8): 6.5
  • Acidity: (1–8): 6
  • Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
  • Flavour: (1–8): 6.5
  • Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
  • Balance: (1–8): 7
  • Overall: (1–8): 6.5
  • Correction: (+36): +36
  • Total: (max. 100): 87

Roast Information
Medium-dark  through first crack, keep the pace steady and just up to the edge of second before you finish.

San Patricio El Limon

Each member of the Reyes family plays a part in running of San Patricio El Limon. This includes Beto's wife Maralyn, their children Saul, Elena, Betio and his wife Mafer and Beto's brother Felix who runs their mill.


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Members of the Reyes family on their farm El Limon in Palencia, Guatemala