Captivating aromas of black tea, brown sugar, and strawberry introduce this creamy cup. Bergamot and cooked plum notes harmonize with milk chocolate sweetness and lemony acidity, leading to a finish of malt and sandalwood.
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Producer: Maria Elena Vides and Renardo Ovalle Vides
Farm: Finca La Bolsa
Region: La Libertad, Huehuetenango
Altitude: 4,757 feet | 1,450 masl
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra
Notes: Malt, Bergamot, Milk Chocolate
Finca La Bolsa is located in the town of La Libertad, Huehuetenango. It's one of a few plots of coffee that sprung up around the original farm, El Rincon, started by Dr. Jorge Vides in 1958. He bought this original piece of land back in the mid-1950's, planting the in Bourbon and Caturra, the cultivars that were available at that time. The farm has spread out to include three plots of coffee in total. His daughter, Maria Elena Vides, now manages day to day operations with the help of her son Renardo.
Finca La Bolsa is mostly planted in Bourbon and Caturra, with Maragogype, the large-sized coffee bean, harvested separately. This lot is Rain Forest Alliance (RFA) certified, which verifies that measures are being met to maintain sustainable agricultural practices (maintaining natural forest and biodiversity, minimal soil inputs, targeted pest control, etc.), as well as sustainable work conditions in terms of fair compensation for labor, gender equity, and more.
Vides 58 is a network of farms in Huehuetenango operated by the Vides family. Their goal is to achieve sustainability in three areas:
Social: working together with neighboring communities to support the development of the region.
Agricultural: agronomists teach local farmers good agronomic practices, with environmentally-friendly priorities based on Rainforest Alliance standards.
Environmental: conservation of ecosystems by protecting wildlife, efficient use of water, and avoiding deforestation.