Guatemala Las Mercedes (Washed) Espresso
A vibrant espresso, with juicy apricot, honeycomb sweetness and an elegant white chocolate 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, 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 2019-20 harvest, Nicholas is focusing 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 tress in the new year.
In 1887, the farm was inherited by Don Franciso’s three daughters; Pilar Del Rosal Avila, Angela del Rosal and Mercedes Del Rosal de Martinez, with the youngest sister Mercedes being the only one focused on the agriculture of the plantation, introducing avocado trees to the farm which thrived alongside the coffee trees at Las Mercedes. In 1948, Mercedes handed down the farm to her only daughter, Rogelia Martinez del Rosal, who with her two sons, oversaw the worst period in the history of the farm.
The family endured economic crisis and civil war in Guatemala, with the farm suffering from unattended plantations and a lack of supervision over the very few workers that remained at the farm during this period of hardship. It is extremely exciting to see how far this farm has come, and we are thrilled to be welcoming back this coffee from one of our favourite producers and region.
- Technical Details
- Producer: Nicholas Hammond
- Processing: Washed
- Varieties: Red Bourbon
- Harvest: March 2019
- Altitude: 1800 - 2000 masl
- Region: San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango
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