Aromas of milk chocolate, guava, and golden raisin promise sweetness and fruity complexity. We noted flavors of chocolate, kiwi, and lemon curd in the cup. Vibrant pineapple acidity is tamed by golden raisin sweetness, all culminating in a sage and roasted almond finish.
Producer: Renardo Ovalle Vides
Farm: Finca Las Terrazas
Region: La Libertad, Huehuetenango
Altitude: 5,577-6,890 feet | 1,700-2,100 masl
Varietal: Caturra, Bourbon, San Ramon
Notes: Chocolate, Golden Raisin, Lemon Curd
Finca Las Terrazas (“Terraces”) is one of six farms owned by third-generation producers who are passionate about quality coffee cultivation.
In 1958, Jorge Vides, the patriarch of the family, founded Finca La Bolsa, a coffee plantation located in La Libertad, Huehuetenango. Jorge’s passion was for healthcare and he practiced as a full-time traveling doctor, making a significant impact on the region. This led him to become Director of the National Hospital of Huehuetenango, which to this day bears his name. Coffee farming was his hobby.
In 1980, he founded a school that still runs on the farm, which has since been named after him and authorized by Guatemala’s Board of Education.
After his passing in 1995, Jorge's daughter María Elena Vides and her son Renardo “Nayo” Ovalle Vides continued his legacy by establishing four community programs: La Bolsa school, La Bolsa daycare center, Vides 58 Coffee School grant and the Qawale (“partner” in Mayan) program initiative.
Renardo purchased Finca Las Terrazas in 2012, with the intention of growing different varietals. Large parts of the farm are protected areas of wild forest, much of which is used to prevent soil erosion and reduce the plants' exposure to wind. This is based on a permaculture model, with the intention of sustainability and respect for the environment, to try and recreate coffee’s natural habitat in high altitude forests.