The Central American coffees are great at all roast levels and, for our espresso connoisseurs, these also make a dynamite espresso.
The very early crop in Central America will start soon. In Guatemala our partners estimate the crop as being 2 weeks late, but expectations for quality and quantity remain good. The coming crop in Guatemala is estimated 10 – 15% down, with talk of abandon coffee plantation in the eastern part of the country. The regions of San Marcos and Huehue look to be normal. Fraijanes and Nuevo Oriente look to be early as a result of early flowering back in February combined with good rain patterns throughout the year.
The harvest in Honduras remains delayed as a cold front with strong winds covers the region. Adding to this, the coffee flow is slow putting pressure on local resulting in few offers for the time of year and high differentials. Our origin partners are still projecting a 10% in crop over last year and expect a pick up in availability in the coming days.
Very early hard bean shipments have just started to arrive from Costa Rica. The quality is surprisingly good and an option for those who want something fresh in their blends.