Green Grape - Toffee - Cocoa
Producer: The Vides Family
Region: La Libertad - Huehuetenango
Altitude: 1750 masl
Varietal: Caturra and San Ramon
Relationship Length: Three Years
Transparency Report: Available Here
Notes: Bright and brilliant green grape with structured toffee and cocoa notes.
All hail the return of one of our favourite 2018 lots: our Guatemala El Buho. After love at first sight, we’re head-over-heels again. A relatively small, six-hectare farm, Finca Bromelias sports interesting varietals like Kenya’s SL28 and an heirloom Ethiopian.
Jorge Vides was a doctor and patriarch of the Vides family. In 1958, he bought a piece of land, surrounded by forests, in La Libertad, Huehuetenango. It was here that he founded his family’s very first coffee farm, Finca La Bolsa, planting it out with beautiful Bourbon and Caturra varieties protected by the warm, dry winds from the Tehuantepec plain. Ever since, the wonderful Vides family has been a force to be reckoned with in speciality Guatemalan coffee production. Milling, grading, bagging and preparing their own coffee for export, the family receives the entire FOB price for their product.
Back in 2002, and with little knowledge of just how good their coffee was, general manager, Maria Vides and her son Renardo Ovalle decided to submit their coffee to the prestigious Cup of Excellence competition. They did incredibly well, placing second. This international vote of confidence kicked the Vides family into action. They now own multiple coffee farms, all of which produce the same, beautiful quality of coffee for which they are widely known.
With a staunch commitment to sustainability, the Vides family integrates environmentally friendly practices and supports local communities by building schools and sharing their rich agronomy knowledge. We’re constantly impressed by how much Maria and her family invest back into their community.
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