Guatemala Las Mercedes (Natural) Filter$21.00
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. The story of the heirloom Ethiopian variety comes from the 1970’s where Jose Jaime Martinez met a farm producer who gifted him some native heirloom seeds from Ethiopia. After this encounter, Jose decided to make his own nursery with these seeds and plant these coffee plants throughout the farm, resulting in a truly unique Guatemalan coffee.
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.