Guatemala - Finca la Perla

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Guatemala - Finca la Perla

15.75

Guatemala - Finca la Perla - 12oz.

Region: El Quiche

Farm: Finca la Perla

Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra

Altitude: 1300 -1400 masl

Process: Fully Washed

Toffee, Peach, Agave 

Light Roast

La Perla (Mayan for “Sleeping Woman”) Estate is situated on the steep hills of Guatemala’s Western Highlands and has been producing coffee since 1940, despite experiencing conflict resulting from the civil war, from 1960 - 1996.

The owners of La Perla (The Arenas family) spent considerable time, effort & resources assisting local refugees during this period. They provided work, health care (such as vaccinations etc) & resettled them -- often by reconstructing entire villages.

The strength of the local community is evident in the 500 or so workers who have formed an association, whose focus is to support & assist one another in order to raise living standards for all the residents.

La perla coffee is known today as "Cafe de la Paz," or Coffee of Peace.

• The Arenas family are meticulous in their approach to coffee production. The cherries are only harvested (by hand) when they reach perfect ripeness.

• Only 15% of the Estate’s vast territory is coffee (Caturra & Bourbon), with around 30% reserved for native forest – these serve as a haven for local & indigenous flora & fauna. As well as coffee, the farm also grows cardamom, macadamia nuts & various other grains.

• The climate in Chajul (Chajul is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché) is steamy, hot & humid.  In addition to the 5000 – 5500 mm of rainfall the region receives each year, there is an abundance of other water sources — including rivers (Ixtupil & Sacsiwan) & several natural springs; all of this pure, crystalline water along with ideal temperatures, guarantee exceptional coffee.

• Their dedication & passion have been rewarded time & again & has translated into a Presidential award (coffees that score over 90) at the 2006 Cup of Excellence awards as well making the Auction Final five times between 2001 & 2011.

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