La Perla Negra, “The Black Pearl”, is the name of a collaboration of farmers in the enchanting mountains of Chiquimula and Zacapa. The expert farmers have selected specific varieties of coffees for their complementary characteristics to create a uniquely balanced cup.
The area of Chiquimula is colloquially known as La Perla de Oriente, or “The Pearl of the East”, due to its beautiful landscapes and architecture as well as the elegance of the people who live there. The area is also the home of Guatemala’s best poets, writers, singers, and musicians.
Esquipulas is a municipality located inside this region and is known for its Black Christ, or “Cristo Negro”, a wooden image of Christ which is now housed in the Cathedral Basílica of Esquipulas. The artefact lends its name, in part, to the “Perla Negra” coffee project.
A tremendous amount of work has been put into Perla Negra and as a result of many cupping sessions, the perfect balance between the sweetness and acidity has been achieved in this outstanding coffee. It has notes of chocolate, nougat and nut with hints of gingerbread spice and a grapefruit acidity, all within a full-bodied coffee.
- Country: Guatemala
- Producer: A group of small-scale coffee producers from the region of Esquipulas
- Region: Chiquimula
- Variety: Caturra, Catuai
- Altitude: 1,200 – 1,550 m
- Processing Method: Fully washed at each farm
- Drying Method: Fully-sun dried and covered raised beds.