Guatemala San Pedro Necta RFA - Finca El Penon

Blood orange, fig, cherry, toffee
$4.43 / lb $673.88 / bag
TOP LOT
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Jul 2021
SKU P608043-1
  • 12 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

This coffee comes from producer Ivan Ovalle, who runs Finca El Peñón, as well as Huitz Matig, located in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Owner Ivan Ovalle is focused on producing high quality, sustainable coffees and holds an engineering degree, using his knowledge to increase Finca El Peñón’s water efficiency and to ensure that workers pick only the ripest cherry with the highest sugar content. In order to apply this, he uses analyses of Brix degrees (sugar content) to discover the best moment to pick cherry. The farm El Peñón is 75 hectares, 15 of which are devoted to forest reserves, while the remaining 60 hectares are planted with Caturra, Pache and Bourbon.

Country of Origin Guatemala
Harvest Season 2020/21
Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Cup Score 85.5
Region San Pedro Necta
Farm Name Finca El Penon
Certifications Rainforest Alliance

History of Guatemalan Coffee

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.

  • Status Spot
  • Cup Score 85.5
  • Region San Pedro Necta
  • Farm Name Finca El Penon
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Certifications Rainforest Alliance
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB
  • Ctrm Region Huehuetenango
  • Country of Origin Guatemala
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P608043-1

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