Guatemala Blue Ayarza Natural

$4.17 / lb
$634.33 / bag

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Lot Number:


267 Bag(s)

About This Coffee

About This Coffee

The region of Ayarza is a special one, landmarked by the drastic landscape and cold blue water from the Laguna de Ayarza and Laguna Azul. The lake was formed by two massive volcanos that collapsed and formed a large crater. The legends surrounding this lake are numerous, like the one that says the bottom has never been found, or the large white rock that resembles a petrified woman who didn’t follow the orders of Jesus.

Covoya Guatemala always knew the region had massive potential to produce specialty coffee, which led us to start renting a wet mill on an RFA certified farm. The quality coming from our washed coffee was much better than we expected, so we naturally started producing honey and maceration processes as well.

For this Blue Ayarza Natural coffee, farmers deliver the best cherries from the region to our mill, often in their very own pickup trucks. These cherries are then sent to Amatitilan to dry on the patio for 10 days, and are finished off in a mechanical drier for 5-10 more hours.

Country of Origin Guatemala
Region Santa Rosa
Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Growing Altitude 1400m – 2000m


Harvest Season 2022/23
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon, Catuai, Pache

History of Coffee in Zambia

The history of Zambian coffee seems familiar: men in Holy Orders of one sort or another arrive and plant seeds. But in the case of Zambia, missionaries did not introduce coffee farming until the 1950s. By the time commercial coffee production began in Zambia, the British had considerable experience in starting and operating coffee plantations in India, Kenya, and elsewhere. Planting coffee was an attempt to decrease a dependence on copper exports. Not surprisingly, the emphasis was on yield and production efficiencies. Plantations were large and orderly, grown in full sun on flat land, and processed in large wet mills wherever possible. Nevertheless Zambia made almost no appearance whatsoever on the world coffee stage until coffee was officially exported for the first time in 1985.

Growing Coffee in Zambia

The Northern province has the best conditions for arabica coffee cultivation in Zambia with its relative proximity to the equator and abundant altitude (Mafinga Hills being the highest point in the country at 2,300 masl). Most coffee grows from 1300 – 2300 masl. Zambia produces both washed and naturally processed coffee and has introduced some honey processing. A wide range of varieties including Catimor 129, Castillo, Java, and other trial varieties. Specialty grades are AAA, AA, AB and Peaberry.


Sample Roasting Guide

Consistency is key when sample roasting. Yet, your first crack won’t always happen at the same time, which makes it difficult to know when to end your roast. Use this guide to know when to discharge depending on how long it took you to reach first crack.