Name: La Esperanza
Producer: Villatoro Family
Origin: Huehuetenango, Hoja Blanca
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra
Altitude: 1600-1750 metres above sea level
Flavours: Milk Chocolate, Orange, Raisin, Hazelnut
Cup Score: 86.5
Where is it from?
This coffee comes from the Huehuetenango region of
Guatemala. Anyone who has been farming in Guatemala over the last 32 years is a survivor with unbeatable determination, perseverance and passion for coffee. Finca La Esperanza is no exception.
The story of Finca La Esperanza dates back over 50 years ago when Don Eleodoro would travel by foot for four days, to a farm to buy coffee cherries and then walk five days back to sell the coffee to a mill. He realised this had potential to be a viable business and bought his first farm in 1953, calling it La Esperanza, or “Hope” in English.
Don Eleodoro had many children and wanted to teach his children the business. He started them early and would have them help sort coffee when they were young. As time passed, his children joined the family business, and his youngest son, Aurelio, helped him run the farm.
This farm is tucked away in the folds of the Sierra Madre Mountain range in
Huehuetenango. Today it’s still over an hour drive on a one-way dirt road from the main road that leads to the Mexican border, three hours from the town of Huehuetenango, and nine hours from Guatemala City. The hills are marked by oddly shaped points, and upon arrival, Finca Esperanza is quaint and noted by a cluster of houses. The wet mill is small, and the concrete patios are on the roof of each house.
Don Eleodoro passed away in December 2015 at 92 years old and his children and grandchildren are continuing his legacy of hard work and dedication to coffee. Finca Esperanza has ranked multiple times in the top 10 of the Cup of Excellence over the years due to its consistent quality and diversity in profiles. The Villatoro family moved away from the traditional exporter model, concentrating on production under a direct trade model where both the roaster and farmer benefit on a greater scale.
This 2017 harvest was particularly sad for the family, but the brothers said that coffee farming helped them feel connected to their father.
This coffee scored a very high 86.5 in SCA cupping. It is roasted to a medium profile with flavour notes of milk chocolate, orange, rasin and hazelnut.
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