Guatemala Finca El Sarral Natural
In 1958 Jorge Vides purchased land in La Libertad, Huehuetenango which would come to be known as Finca La Bolsa. It was forested and contained very little coffee. At the time, Jorge worked as a fulltime physician, treating patients in his clinic during the week and working at the farm at other times. Jorge was the kind of man who poured his heart into everything he did and this work ethic allowed him to achieve remarkable feats, becoming director of the National Hospital of Huehuetenango, which bears his name, establishing a school on the farm which educates young people in the community, and being awarded the title of “Distinguished Coffee Grower” for contribution to coffee. Jorge passed away in 1995.
In 2001, Jorge’s daughter Maria Elena and her son, Renardo, continued farming operations in La Bolsa with the same approach as Jorge but focusing entirely on specialty coffee. Their determination brought immediate success when in 2002 one of their coffees won 2nd place in the Guatemalan Cup of Excellence. This victory provided extra motivation to pursue direct relationships with international buyers and search for new ways to produce the best coffee possible.
This coffee comes from Finca El Sarral, one of several farms run by the Vides family. Coffee cherry was selectively hand-picked and brought to the wet-mill at La Bolsa. The cherry was sun-dried on patios and a mechanical Guardiola dryer. We found it to be quite complex, having notes of cherry, Oolong tea, caramel, citrus, chocolate, florals and winey acidity. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Farm: Finca El Sarral
Region: La Libertad; Huehuetenango
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra
Elevation: 1,250 – 1,400 masl
Cupping notes: Cherry, Oolong Tea, Floral, Chocolate