Mario Alarcon's farm, Monte de Oro, sits at the base of the beautiful, if not a little terrifying, Acatenango and Fuego volcanoes. No need to see Fuego to know you are near a very active volcano, as the beast regularly grumbles, shaking the ground and rattling windows. But the sense of awe does not end at the volcanos and the farm's stunning scenery - we've also been wowed for a couple of years now by Mario's incredible coffee. After visiting his farm, it is no wonder his natural gesha was a 2020 Good Food Award finalist!
The gesha Mario produces is dried in a pristine climate controlled parabolic drying house. As you enter the drying house you see rows and rows of raised beds, each with a few layers of very uniform, dark cherry. These impeccably managed drying beds are testament to Mario's careful attention to detail in every stage of the coffee's life.
This year's lot has a lovely floral component to accompany the bubble gum sweet fragrance. In the cup you will find stunning tropical notes like mango and papaya, playing nicely with notes of blackberry and a simple syrup finish. Extraordinary coffee from an extraordinary producer. Well done Mario, you've done it again!