Fermentation with fresh pineapple prior to washing results in a sweet, silky cup. We found aromas of raisin, Swiss chocolate, and sweet almond in this coffee, with notes of malt, milk chocolate, and a touch of pineapple when brewed. Toffee sweetness complements raspberry acidity in the cup, finishing with rhubarb and more malt.
Producer: Fernando "Nando" Diaz
Farm: Finca Santa Ana
Region: Santa Rosa Department, Guatemala
Altitude: 5,415-5,905 feet | 1,650-1,800 masl
Varietal: Bourbon, Catuaí
Process: Pineapple Fermentation, Washed
Notes: Swiss Chocolate, Malt, Rhubarb
Finca Santa Ana is a fairly remote farm off the electrical grid in Guatemala's Santa Rosa Department.
Located atop hills, it benefits from a mild climate with a warm stream of wind from the Pacific Ocean. The farm has an average yearly rainfall of 2200 mm, relative humidity of 60%, volcanic soils and plenty of shade from native trees like Gravilea, Cuje, Pine, Cypress, Mundani, and Oak.
Finca Santa Ana is a longtime Direct Trade partner of our sister company, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. We're excited to welcome their coffees to our lineup this year!
Finca Santa Ana has had multiple Cup of Excellence appearances, including #4 in 2010 and #16 in 2015. The carefully supervised quality control at the farm is evident in the cup.
Finca Santa Ana has set aside 5.4 hectares of its overall land as a forest reserve. From this area, rainwater is collected throughout the year as a reserve supply for harvest season. Finca Santa Ana composts the unused pulp from coffee cherries to be used as fertilizer on the trees in the coming year.
As part of our Direct Trade buying philosophy at PT's and Bird Rock, we always look for ways to invest in our farming partners in addition to paying a good price for the coffee. In 2015 Bird Rock shared an investment with Fernando to plant new seed stock at the farm with about 15 new varietals, including Mokka and Geisha. In a few years, these shrubs will give Finca Santa Ana more varietals to sell to specialty roasters and add another dimension to this already great farm.