Caffe Vita’s most recent trip to Guatemala led to the discovery of this beautiful and rugged farm. Located at the upper limits of coffee cultivation (1700-2000 masl), the terrain provides a challenge for the farmers who work it. The steep hillsides are planted with a predominance of the Pacamara variety (hence the name), along with some Caturra and Catuai. Isote hugs the trails to provide protection against erosion and towering pine and avocado trees supply shade. The farm is owned by Eduardo Castro and managed by Jose ‘el Chepe’.
The cherries are handpicked at peak ripeness and then loaded into a truck for the short drive down to the wet mill at Finca Nuevo Viñas where they are unloaded, sorted by density and de-pulped. After a fermentation period of approximately 24 hours the parchment is washed and then allowed to dry on patios.
The cup is complex and lively with aromas of honeysuckle, melon, and ginger. Flavors of marshmallow, dark chocolate, and dried cherry are buoyed by a lemon juice acidity and sustained in the sweet, persistent finish.
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The Capitol Hill Block Party Day 3 with KEXP in the Bean Room featured live performances from The Posies, The Cave Singers, My Goodness, Kung Foo Grip, and Brothers From Another.
Check out our photos from the front row and then see the KEXP blog for more about the bands that played the Bean Room on Sunday:
the cave singers
photos by Lori Paulson
Here are some of our favorite photos from the Bean Room on Day 2. Thanks to KEXP and all the bands: Handsome Furs, Austra, The Young Evils, Federation X, and Champagne Champagne.
Click here to listen to KEXP’s archive of the Handsome Furs performance from Saturday, 7/23.
the young evils
photos by Lori Paulson
Can we find the words to say how much we love hosting KEXP’s broadcasts from the Bean Room? It’s an honor to have visits and performances by such talented artists all weekend long. The Bean Room is a fairly normal (and quiet) warehouse almost every day. Its transformation into a mini-venue and recording studio is a special treat — maybe even for the coffee beans, too.
fucked up by Lori Paulson
The Head and the Heart by Lori Paulson
Friday featured Bean Room performances by Fucked Up and The Head and the Heart. You can listen to The Head and the Heart’s live performance on KEXP, here on their website.
Here are more photos from Friday, Day 1, including scenes from our La Famiglia Lounge (our Block Party upstairs bar) and from performances by The Fresh & Onlys, and Thurston Moore.
slideshow by Lori Paulson