Kapeu - green, unroasted coffee
Stewed Apple | Cinnamon | Caramel
Please note: this product is green, un-roasted coffee. You will need to roast this coffee yourself.
- Country: Guatemala
- Region: Alotenango, Antigua
- Farmer: 300 small-holder producers from the Kapeu Farmers Cooperative
- Processing: Fully washed
- Altitude: 1450-1800 meters above sea level
Kapeu is the name that Luis Pedro Zelaya has given to the coffees he purchases from small-holder farmers that are situated around the Acatenango volcano. The farmers bring their freshly harvested cherries to Luis Perdo’s Bella Vista mill in Antigua, where they are checked for quality, then weighed. Farmers are paid up front for their harvests, and their cherries are then moved to the mill to get depulped and mechanically washed.
Bella Vista has been experimenting with drying coffee on raised beds in greenhouses, and this is the first year that they have done it at scale. It’s easier to manage the temperature conditions of the coffee in a greenhouse, and because the baskets of coffee can be stacked vertically, there is space savings too! The result is coffee that holds more of its character for longer.
Note:On June 3rd of 2018, the Fuego volcano, which is located about 3 km south of Acatenango, erupted. The blast from the eruption sent ash throughout the southwest of Guatemala, blanketing many surrounding towns and farms. Over 100 people were killed during the eruption and ensuing pyroclastic flows and lahars. The regions where coffee grows best are often located near volcanoes, and coffee farmers face risks to grow the coffee we enjoy. We’re incredibly thankful for the team at Bella Vista and for the work done by Anacafe to assist the people who have been so hurt by this disaster.
Transcend’s Director of Coffee, Josh Hockin at the Bella Vista Mill, Guatemala
Drying Patios at the Bella Vista Mill, Antigua, Guatemala
New growth coffee shrubs growing under canopy cover, 2014 Guatemala Sourcing Trip.
Posted by Jay on 29th Jan 2017
This coffee has some surprising notes, roasted to one minute into first crack and the results were tasty. Rich and syrupy this coffee is great
Love this coffee, a must...
Posted by Michel Levesque on 22nd Jan 2017
Roasted Kapeu green coffee to medium roast and what a surprise!!! The aroma is mouth watering!! This coffee is a must try for arabica coffee lovers...Will buy again!!!
Versatile, solid choice
Posted by Derek Dang on 25th Sep 2015
I experimented with roasting this Kapeu at various levels.
All of them made excellent brews.
I'm more partial to a fuller roast, but I also enjoyed the lighter roast in both pour over drip and 4 min french press. Nice sweetness in the taste.
Kapeu also great for a single sourced espresso. There's a competant bitterness that is desireable (for me) to cut through milk drinks.