Story Behind the Name: A light roast that feels like home, but in your mouth. Named after the famous surgeon, Dr. Thomas Russell (who gave Russellville its name) this roast uses a fair-trade Guatemalan coffee and is roasted to bring out the hint of almond and acidic lemon flavors. The famous surgeon, Dr. Thomas Russell, was the first person to buy a house on what was once the land of Osage and Cherokee Indians. The town got its namesake from the doctor. His former house is where the current Russellville Chamber of Commerce stands.
Origin: Atitlan, Guatemala
Processing Method: Washed
Variety: Typica, Caturra
Altitude: 1600 - 1900 masl
Farm: 100 small producer farmers of Lake Atitlan
Roast Level: Light
Flavor Notes: Sweet and citric with a smooth mouthfeel, lemon and almond flavors.
Story Behind the Coffee: There are close to 100 small producers living in and around San Andres that work with Los Volcanes Coffee, located in a village called Pacoc that sits just outside of San Lucas Toliman on the way to Cerro de Oro. Each producer delivers 1-2 bags of cherry per day and is paid individually for their product.
A group of local farmers standing among their crop near Lake Atitlan.
The altitude in this region varies somewhat dramatically between 1600 and 1900 masl, as small producer farms are spread across volcanic land, which rises quickly and borders Lake Atitlan.
Lake Atitlan, seen from the Space Shuttle. The basin of the lake is volcanic in origin, formed from an eruption 84,000 years ago. It is the deepest lake in Central America, and regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
The soil makeup also varies quite a bit in this region, depending on a farmer's proximity to the lake. Farms that face the lake near Pacoc will typically have more sandy and dry soil, while farms on the south-facing side of the volcano will have soil more harshly composed of rock and petrified lava. In addition to coffee, the region is well known for growing avocados. Before the pandemic, Los Volcanes Coffee provided agronomic training to small producers willing and able to come to Antigua. They hope to provide more of these training opportunities in the future and continue to support their small producer partners.
Members of the Los Volcanes Coffee at their training facility standing with coffee plant cuttings being rooted for future crops.