Guatemala Las Mercedes Espresso
Silky honey sweetness, balanced with red apple acidity and milk chocolate notes. Ripe cherry in the finish.
$21.50 – $77.00
- Shade Grown
A regular amongst our summer offerings, we are thrilled to welcome the most recent harvest of Red Bourbon from Finca Catalan de Las Mercedes, located in the town of San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango. A pioneer of the coffee trade in Guatemala, we’ve been purchasing coffee from Finca Catalan de Las Mercedes and producer Nicholas Hammond since our first meeting in 2014. ⠀
- Producer: Nicholas Hammond
- Farm: Finca Catalan de Las Mercedes
- Processing: Washed
- Varieties: Red Bourbon
- Harvest: Jan - April
- Altitude: 1850 - 2200 masl
- Region: San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango
A pioneer of the coffee trade in Guatemala since its inception in 1851, Finca Catalan de Las Mercedes was originally owned and operated by Don Franciso del Rosal Marquez, and has been handed down from generation to generation. Today, the farm is owned and managed by Marquez’s great-great granddaughter, Ruth Maria de Los Angeles Martinez de Hammond, and her son Nicholas.
Ruth and Nicholas have implemented new and improved agricultural techniques to the farm, whilst introducing Ethiopian heirloom and Tequisik varieties to grow alongside the Red Bourbon that has been growing at the plantation since 1851.
In 2014, Nicholas completed construction of a new Wet Mill on site at the lower altitude of the farm, which is now used to service both his own farm’s coffee, but also the coffee of numerous producers in the local community. This has encouraged positive economic growth in Chimaltenango, as previously producers would have sold primarily to Coyotes for less than a fair price.
For the 2020 harvest, Nicholas focused on planting and encouraging the growth of several juvenile trees and varieties, including Pacamara, Maragogype and Gesha. We are expecting to see young first pickings from these trees this year.
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