Guatemala Las Mercedes (Natural) Espresso
Rich, full bodied and textural with dark chocolate, orange and a complex, herbaceous finish.
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. 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 Hammond.
Amongst the stunning Red Bourbon trees that have been growing on the farm since 1851, Catalan is also home to a healthy crop of Ethiopian Heirloom trees spread throughout the plantation. This particular lot is a hand-picked and separated selection from this Heirloom variety.
The story of this variety came to resides at Catalan starts in the early 1980s, when Nicholas’ grandfather, Jaime Martinez, worked for Ministry of Foreign Affairs. An East African delegate who visited Guatemala and knew Jaime worked in coffee farming brought a small parcel of Ethiopian coffee seeds as a gift for the Martinez family. Jaime planted these seeds throughout Catalan’s coffee fields, and they were all but forgotten for decades.
It wasn’t until Catalan, now under Ruth and Nicholas’ management, placed in the top finalists of the Guatemalan Cup of Excellence in 2012, that attention was re-focused on exactly what coffee was growing at Catalan de Las Mercedes. Anacafé , Guatemala’s national coffee association, sent surveyors to the farm and identified these rare Heirloom trees among the cultivated varieties.
We are honored to have been able to purchase this Heirloom variety from Nicholas since our first meeting in 2014, and this year we have chosen a Sundried Natural process of this coffee to highlight the smooth, rich and sweet qualities of the coffee that make it a unique and compelling Espresso, unlike anything else found in Guatemala.
- Technical Details
- Producer: Nicholas Hammond
- Farm: Finca Catalan de Las Mercedes
- Processing: Natural
- Varieties: Heirloom Ethiopian
- Harvest: Jan - April
- Altitude: 1850 - 2200 masl
- Region: San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango
- Technical Details