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Guatemala

El Socorro Honey Maracaturra

Flavors of pineapple, berries, and cinnamon

It’s easy to say that El Socorro might be the best farm in Guatemala. Run by our longtime producer partner Juan Diego De La Cerda, it has a legacy of winning multiple Cup of Excellence honors each year. Juan Diego grows a large variety of coffees at El Socorro, however our personal favorite is his Maracaturra varietal.

The terroir at El Socorro perfectly expresses the Maracaturra better than any other. This varietal is a cross between the very rare Maragogype and the very common Caturra. This year, we worked with Juan Diego to create an Olympia Coffee exclusive offering: Honey Processed Maracaturra.

Honey Processing leaves a bit of coffee cherry intact after pulping, skipping fermentation altogether and allowing the coffee cherry's natural sugars to marinate into the bean while sun drying. The result is a lush, fruiter version of what is already one of Guatemala’s greatest coffees.

For filter coffee we recommend 

1g of coffee to 16g of water by weight or 

1 tablespoon of coffee to 3oz of water by volume 

Grind Guide 

Every grinder is different, this guide will not necessarily give you the best results for you specific grinder. This is a comparative scale intended to help you discover the difference in grind settings for different methods and ultimately the best grind on your grinder. It works on a 1 to 10 scale, if you grinder has 10 grind settings and grinds from turkish (1) to french press (10) then you can simply use the guide recommendation and adjust to taste. If your grinder has 30 grind settings then you should multiply the recommended grind setting by three. For example if you are brewing flat bottom filter coffee (7) you should start with a grind setting of 21 on your grinder with 30 settings. 

1 finest to 10 coarsest 

1 Turkish

2 Espresso 

3 Moka Pot

4 Aero Press 

5 Hario 

6 Kalita, Cone Electric Drip

 7 Flat Bottom Electric Drip 

8 Chemex

9 Cold Brew, Toddy 

10 French Press

Adjusting Grind to Taste

After brewing, taste your coffee, if it is delicious, great news, enjoy! If it is lacking in some way, then adjusting your grind can be a great way to improve your brew. 

If you find your coffee to be flat, lifeless and have ashy or dry aftertaste you are probably grinding too fine and should adjust your grind coarser.  

If you find your coffee to be sour, papery or watery you are probably grinding too coarse and should adjust your grind finer.

For more tips, visit our Brewing page under the Learn tab.