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IN BLOOM: Ethiopia + Guatemala


Tastes Like: Chocolate + Watermelon, Raspberries.

Medium Roast: 340g & 5LB BAGS


Region: Yirgacheffe
Farm: Aricha
Varietal: Heirloom Ethiopian varieties
Altitude: 1800 - 1960 m.a.s.l
Processing: Washed


Region: Huehuetenango
Various Smallholder Farms
Bourbon, Caturra, Catimor, Maragogype + Pache
1400 - 2200 m.a.s.l
Processing: Washed

In Bloom is a blend for the experimental coffee fan with a sweet tooth. In Bloom is a 50/50 blend of coffees that highlights the best of what’s in season. We source fruit-forward coffees from smaller farms and roast them to highlight their unique character.

This blend changes with the seasons and will always surprise you.


Aricha is the name of the washing station where this coffee is processed. Edido is the village, or kebele, where this coffee is grown and processed, in a microregion of Yirgacheffe. Aricha is about 8 kilometers from the center of Yirgacheffe Town. The soils in this region are red-brown clay soil, about 1.5 meters deep. We like the complex, almost tropical quality of coffees from Aricha, along with their juicy fruitiness and sugary, floral sweetness. 

Our precision medium roasting technique allows us to bring out the naturally sweet chocolate, watermelon and raspberry flavour inherent in the heirloom varietals.


Yirgacheffe has become famous for coffees that tastes like blueberries. This region is plentiful. The thick vegetation is a product of the warm tropical climate with moderate wet and dry seasons. Most coffee is shade-grown by small producers using organic practices. Coffees are cultivated from 1600 to 2400 masl in these highlands. The multitude of microregions creates complex profiles depending on the washing station a particular coffee is from.


Huehuetenango is the most famous coffee region in Guatemala and has the highest altitudes in the country. Crisp, full-body, and toffee sweetness mark this coffee. Huehuetenango tends to be the most fruit-forward region in the country and can be the most complex of what Guatemala offers.

Our importer works closely with their partners to create our Waykan lots through marathon cuppings, meticulous record-keeping, and the promise of higher premiums for better quality. Producers from farms of all sizes bring their coffee to be cupped. Whether they bring 2 or 200 bags, their coffee is sampled and scored, ensuring we get the best available beans.

Huehuetenango is considered a coffee economy. Our importer has told us that around 80% of the population lives directly or indirectly from coffee. These farmers and producers are professionals, and we respect their work because they provide us with delicious, quality coffee beans. 



Unlike most coffee-growing countries, the coffee plant originated here, not introduced through settlement. Instead, growing, processing, and drinking coffee is part of everyday life and has been for centuries.

There is 99% more genetic material in Ethiopia’s coffee alone than in the rest of the world; the result is a coffee lover’s dream. No coffees are spoken of with the reverence or romance that Ethiopian coffees are.

Coffee is still commonly enjoyed as part of a ceremonial preparation, gathering family and friends. The senior-most woman of the household will roast the coffee in a pan and grind it fresh before brewing. The process takes about an hour from start to finish and is considered a regular show of hospitality.



Coffee came to Guatemala in the late 18th century. European immigrants were encouraged by the Guatemalan government to establish plantations. The government distributed seeds and young coffee plants, and by the late 1800s Guatemala was exporting nearly 300 million pounds of coffee annually.

A large percentage of Guatemala’s population identifies with one of more than 20 officially recognized indigenous groups. Most farmers are smallholders who are either working independently of one another or formally working in cooperative associations.

In 1960, coffee growers developed a union, which has since become the national coffee institute Anacafé, a research centre and financial organization that provides loans and supports growers throughout the various regions.

Starting in 2012 and lasting for several years, an outbreak of coffee-leaf rust proved a tremendous obstacle for coffee production in the country, reducing yields by as much as 25% and causing the government to declare a state of emergency. Anacafé has been working closely with World Coffee Research on various trials and research that will hopefully result in future protection and prevention of similar outbreaks and provide more productive harvests for smallholder farmers.

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