Guatemala La Joya Grande is a fully washed coffee bean lying in the high mountains of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Since coffee grows at very high elevations, coffee beans enjoy the dry, hot winds that blow into the mountains. The coffee farmers ensure a slow bean development prior to picking the cherry, fully washing and sun drying. Therefore, it helps create a beautiful clean acidity for the coffee.
Established in 1976, Finca Joya Grande began as a small operation in the mountains of La Democracia. Austreberto Morel Hidalgo Argueta and his son Ecner Morel Hidalgo Molino owns the said coffee farm. They make sure that each lot of coffee develops full range of characteristics that it can. The farm produces about 800 qq of parchment coffee every year, and at least 50 of it goes towards specialty market.
In early January, the harvest begins and ends in late March. Coffee farmers chose the ripest cherries then they undergo pulp machine. Afterwards, coffee undergoes fermentation for around 12 hours in fermentation tanks. The demucilager machine then helps in washing the coffee before it comes in for farm drying for 8 to 10 days.