Surrounded by the mountainous Farallones with access to rich volcanic soil and fresh spring water, San Fernando is provided with perfect conditions for production of high quality coffee.
San Fernando has around 200 hectares of coffee trees at an altitude ranging from 1,400 to 2,100 meters. Humberto has been farming at San Fernando since the 1970s but in 2006 he hired two new farm managers, Gabriel and Luis Guillermo, who brought a new enthusiasm for coffee.
Keen to better understand what makes a quality coffee and the processing and farming techniques behind it, they began to split the farm into separate processing lots to further understand the intricacies in flavour that their farm produces. There are two mountains on the San Fernando farm and what they found after separating out their processing lots is that the left mountain actually cups with consistently better quality than the right. There are also higher quality coffees to be found in the areas of the farm above 1,600 meters which is where our coffees are sourced. These separate processing lots allow us to fine tune the flavour profile of our coffee and work to create a repeatable product.
Finca Potomay is owned by Herbert Ruiz & Perez family. Located in Huehuetenango Guatemala sitting isolated just 20km short of the Mexican boarder at an elevation of 1800m. A very small drying patio is perched with the farmhouse at the top of the mountain in the ridge line with the farming land falling away below it.
This place is seriously remote. It takes a 14 hour drive over 3 mountain ridges to reach. But when you get there, the view is breathtaking. Lush mountains underneath big blue skies. Herbert’s nursery contains a number of varietals with Caturra the most widely planted. The soil is rich volcanic, rainfall plentiful. Very steep slopes make picking hard work, but the reward is an intense blackcurrant profile.
Used in Bella coffee blend.
Santa Maria is located in the town of Carlópolis, well known as a tourist destination because of its richness in Natural resources. Situated on the Paranapanema River which define the border between São Paulo and Paraná State, Fazenda Santa Maria blessed with access to fresh water and nutrient rich soil.
Fazenda Santa Maria applies industry leading agronomical techniques for the production of specialty coffees while protecting the surrounding environment and are well known for their intense use of organic fertilisation and mulching in their fields.
Paraná state was once one of the powerhouses of Brazillian coffee, producing around one third of the world’s coffee supply. However that changed in 1975 when the Black Frost devastated Paraná’s crops. A “black frost” is a more sever type of frost that results in internal freezing of the plant and results in death of the coffee tree. It is estimated that approximately 50% of Brazil’s total crop was destroyed by this frost with Paraná being the most affected. Many farmers planted other crops, mainly wheat and soy beans, however many left for the cheaper flatter lands in the North which are now synonymous with coffee growing.
However, in the last few years Paraná has returned to the specialty coffee scene with some amazing tasting coffees and we are proud to have been working with Fazenda Santa Maria for the last two years.
The city of La Antigua is located in one of the most desirable growing regions in Guatemala and it is here where Finca Colombia is located, five kilometers south from the central park of La Antigua Guatemala, on Km 48 marker of the road to the city of Ciudad Vieja. Embedded in the slopes of the Agua Volcano, at 5,000 feet above sea level.
Originally founded by Oscar Asensio del Valle and now managed by René Méndez Asensio, Rene’s family has been managing Finca Colombia since 1925. Each generation has taken time perfecting their processing techniques. René takes great care to invoke sustainable and environmentally conscious practices on his farm, avoiding the use of chemicals and caring for the local flora and fauna.
This particular coffee is a product of our most recent origin trip to Guatemala where we selected some delicious coffees to bring back to Australia. René and his family pay scrupulous attention to detail at every stage of the coffee process. The cherries are harvested by hand only when perfectly ripe, then wet milled and then sun dried on their large drying patio.
Located in the region of Amazonas in northern Peru is the gorgeous Finca Timbuyacu. This estate is owned by Karen Araoz and her husband, Alfonso Tejada. Both are from the region, and sold their travel agency in Lima to return to Rodríguez de Mendoza and start their cooperative, Monteverde.
Finca Timbuyacu serves as a pilot project for experiments and as an opportunity to educate the 250 farmers who sell their coffee to Monteverde. All the families who sell their coffee to Monteverde are rewarded with quality premiums. When Araoz and Tejada planted trees at Timbuyacu, everyone told them the land was no good, but their harvest and coffee quality has increased every year since then and Alfonso was recently awarded 12th place in the pilot Cup of Excellence program in Peru.
Nishant Gurjer; avid cricket fan, sixth generation coffee farmer with a passion for single origin Robusta; owner of Sethuraman Estates and partner in India’s specialty coffee exporter Kaapi Royale Coffee.
Located in Magundi in Chikmagalur, a region known for tropical weather patterns and monsoonal seasons, the estate began producing fine quality Robusta and Arabica coffees in the 1950s, 100% shade-grown under area nut and coconut trees wrapped in pepper vines. Grown in the rich Bhadra River soil, an area recognised as one of the world’s important biodiversity hotspots, Nishant has introduced low-water-usage processing equipment, uses his own worm-compost fertiliser and a special Ayurvedic insect foliage spray.
In 2012 and each year since, Sethuraman Estates’ uniquely grown and processed Robusta achieved recognition as the world’s first certified Fine Robusta in the new ‘R’ Coffee program run by the Coffee Quality Institute. The program is based on CQI’s Q Coffee system created for Arabica coffee and operates with similar grading procedures. Sethuraman Estates is also three-time winner of Best Robusta in the Coffee Board of India’s ‘Flavour of India’ competition and received the highest-ever rating for a Robusta coffee of 94 points from respected USA publication, Coffee Review.