Guatemala Huehuetenango Organic RFA - Finca Palo Blanco (2023 Crop)

Toffee, apple pie, grape, citrus finish
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P610775-1
  • 123 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Sitting at altitudes ranging between 1400 masl to 2050 masl, with an average rainfall of 1.5 meters per year, Finca Palo Blanco is a unique farm that guarantees traceability and eco-friendly practices. It is owned by Ivan Ovalle Altuve, and undergoes constant renewal of plantations with carefully selected varieties to improve production and resistance to diseases. The coffee is shadegrown under native trees and the improvements in the management of honey, wastewater, garbage and waste are made in a very strict manner. The farm has an extension of 20 hectares for ecological forest reserve. The farm continuously promotes and donates yearly to the students of the community, providing desks and other school supplies to ensure the children of the community have everything they need.

Country of Origin Guatemala
Region La Democracia, Huehuetenango
Producer Type Single Estate
Farm Name Finca Palo Blanco
Processing Washed
Processing Description Selective handpicking, sun-dried on concrete patios
Growing Altitude 1400m - 2050m
Harvest Season 2022/23
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra
Certifications Rainforest Alliance Certified (IP), Organic certified

History of Coffee in Guatemala

Although coffee was brought over from the Caribbean in the mid-18th century by Jesuit priests, it was used primarily as an ornamental plant and garden crop for 100 years in Guatemala. Coffee wasn’t widely traded, however, until commercial production began in the 1850s. The volcanic soil and various micro-climates proved ideal for growing coffee in Guatemala. Coffee, within a generation, became the country’s most important crop. In 1860, Guatemala exported 140,000 pounds of coffee, and just 25 years later, the country was exporting over 40 million pounds. Large numbers of coffee farmers were German immigrants responsible for many inventions and innovations related to coffee milling. Most of Guatemala’s coffee was exported to Germany until the First World War, when exports shifted to the United States.

Growing Coffee in Guatemala

Coffee farming practices are similar to other countries in the region, but Guatemala has an abundance of water, volcanic soil, and very distinct micro-climates compared to its neighbors. Although late to coffee, Guatemala recognized and responded to the needs of the emerging specialty coffee sector earlier than most coffee-producing regions. Anacafé, the coffee producers association in Guatemala, identifies seven growing regions: Fraijanes, the plateau south of Guatemala City; Coban, a rainforest region in the center of the country; Huehuetenango, highlands near the border with Mexico; Atitlan, primarily the volcanic mountains on the Pacific side of Lake Atitlan; San Marcos, between Huehuetenango and the Pacific Ocean; Oriente, the driest of the growing regions located near the eastern border with Honduras; and the most famous of all, Antigua, nestled among the volcanoes an hour’s drive southwest of Guatemala City.

  • Region La Democracia, Huehuetenango
  • Farm Name Finca Palo Blanco
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Processing Description Selective handpicking, sun-dried on concrete patios
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra
  • Min Growing Altitude 1400m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2050m
  • On Sale Yes
  • On Sale Text pallet discount
  • Top Lot No
  • Status Spot
  • Certifications Rainforest Alliance Certified (IP), Organic certified
  • Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB
  • CTRM Contract Number P610775-1
  • Country of Origin Guatemala
  • Warehouse The Annex

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