The Michicoy comes to us from the Finca Vista Hermosa farm in the Huehue region of northwest Guatemala. This farm is third generation family owned and has always upheld the highest standards in coffee growing and processing methods. This farm is a model for many in their shade grown and organic methods. While still grown at a fairly high altitude, the Michicoy microlot is the lowest grown lot at Vista Hermosa so it’s slightly milder and has more herbal tones then the other coffees from this farm, but it’s still a heavy bodied complex cup. Edwin has been producing some of our favorite coffee for years and this does not disappoint.
The aroma has great sweet notes. Hazel and hickory nuts, caramel, and milk chocolate. The body is light/medium and has a very silky texture. The aroma comes through in the taste to create a wonderful balance of tones. The finish is very smooth and clean with a lingering sweetness.
From light to dark a pretty tasty cup of coffee. Lighter roast will have more winy acidity but add some soft fruit to the cup, before 2nd crack roasts will be smooth and delicate, dark roasts will be strong and semi-sweet with added smoky tones.
FVH is a model farm. Edwin Jr. is renowned for his consultant work on the ground in Huehuetenango. If a new farm works with him for a couple of years, its bound to be seen on the COE winning list. Okay maybe I am talking him up a bit too much but over the 15+ years we have been working with him, we have seen it spawn so many award winning coffees and operations including another one of our favorites, Finca De Dios. All of this success is modeled after his own farm, FVH.
You can read about Finca Vista Hermosa and view more pictures here: Our Trip to Guatemala
Edwin’s farm has won the cup of excellence in previous years and also has been used by Anacafe for the perfect example of what a Huehue. can be.
The original Mayan managed farm and one of the few farms to survive the Guatemalan Revolution. Although this is a farm, if you ever went there – it is more of a village than a traditional farm like we have here. Edwin and his family have very little to do with the actual operations of the farm, its all done by the village. The Guatemalan government really does not extend out to the rural areas so it is up to Edwin and his family to help build roads, schools, doctor clinics, give housing loans and take care of any emergency that may arise – I tell you they do a fantastic job.