EL RANCHO, Guatemala FILTER creamy, milk chocolate, mirabelle plum, vanilla fudge

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EL RANCHO, Guatemala FILTER creamy, milk chocolate, mirabelle plum, vanilla fudge

from 8.00

Producer: Rubel Solis & family

Region: Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Altitude: 1550 masl

Varietal: Caturra & Pache
Process: Fully washed, soaked in fresh water, dried on patios

Importer: Primavera

Cup profile: Creamy, milk chocolate, mirabelle plum, vanilla fudge

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Finca El Rancho is located near the town of San Antonio Huista in Guatemala's renowned coffee growing region Huehuetenango. It is owned by Rubel Solis and his family. Benefiting from a particular microclimate with dry hot winds blowing from the Tehuantepec plain in Mexico, this micro-region is protected from frost even at high altitudes which are perfect for production of great quality coffees.

Rubel's farm spreads over 5 hectares and produces on average 2700 kg per year. This lot is planted mainly under the Caturra varietal. The coffee is grown amongst a lush canopy of shade trees allowing for slow cherry maturation which contributes to pronounced sweetness in the cup. During harvest, cherries are selectively picked, de-pulped at the farm on the same day and left in tanks to ferment. Fermentation can take up to 72h due to cold temperatures in the area. After fermenting the coffee is washed and soaked in fresh water before being dried on lined patios.

When we came to visit El Rancho last year, we've had the pleasure of meeting Rubel's father and brother. Unfortunately we didn't get to meet Rubel as he had left Guatemala to go work in the US. This is fairly common for many young men in the rural areas of Huehuetenango due to the challenging financial situation many farmers are facing.

Earning a living from coffee farming is extremely difficult especially if selling coffee thorough the C-market where prices fluctuate constantly and often fall bellow cost of production. We believe in working with importers who liaise directly with producers and pay prices established through a dialogue with growers, considering their cost of production and paying premiums for exceptional quality of coffee.

Primavera Coffee are our exporter/importer partner in Guatemala. Based in Guatemala and having educated agronomists within their team, Primavera are able to offer small producers access to new markets outside of the C-market as well as provide guidance in agronomy and post-harvest processing. This helps farmers achieve better quality of coffee for which in return they receive extra price premiums.

This is the third year we've been able to buy this wonderful coffee from Rubel's family's farm and we are very happy to see them continuing to work with Primavera and producing delicious coffees.