24 Feb '15, 2am

Coffee "Appellation Trail"

One of the extraordinary things that happens when you drive from Guatemala City to Antigua Guatemala (to visit our friends at Finca El Valle , for example), aside from surviving sketchy lane changes made by local buses, is something invisible. You cross a line, invisible to most people but well defined in the minds of that region’s coffee farmers who belong to the Antigua Coffee Producer’s Association (APCA) Any of the growers who joined together to form APCA fifteen years ago can run her finger along a boundary on a map of the valley to show you where genuine Antigua is grown. Beyond the invisible line the soil may changes, the climate might be different and the plants produce a less distinct bean. Over there is over there. Over here, it is Antigua. In the year 2000 I stood in the dining room of a farmhouse in the heart of Antigua, staring at a large 50-year-old aerial ph...

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