The city of Antigua, Guatemala is shadowed by several volcanoes. The largest is most commonly known as Volcán de Agua, or Hunapu, as it is known by the Mayans. Luis Pedro Zelaya uses this name, Hunapu, to refer to the coffee from producers who cultivate Bourbon coffee varieties in the mixed shade and nutrient-rich soil of the volcanoes surrounding Antigua at 1500-1900 meters above sea level.
Luis is a fourth generation coffee farmer and owner of Beneficio Bella Vista, where nearly 300 farmers deliver ripe, sorted coffee which undergoes a long, cool fermentation and a thorough washing and drying. During this process, the lots are kept separate and we have the opportunity to cup through many lots and select our favorites to craft together a custom Hunapu coffee for Madcap.
Buyers from around the world work with Luis to select coffees delivered to Beneficio Bella Vista. It speaks volumes that so many roasters around the world seek these coffees and that the 300 or so farmers involved with the Hunapu project consistently produce high-quality coffee to satisfy buyers. Hunapu is a quintessential representation of the quality in Antigua. Great varieties are paired with a nearly ideal climate and precise processing, which gives the coffee great structure and acidity with a syrupy, juicy sweetness.