This fully washed and sun dried lot from Las Nubes is really lovely. Instant sweet marzipan notes & cinnamon. Smooth and clean with a lively but controlled acidity. Really delighted to have this coffee in at the Roastery - feel a bit spoiled with some of the Central Americans we have on offer!
Finca Las Nubes is located high in the mountainous region of Esquipulas on Guatemala’s eastern border – almost edging on Honduras. The area is populated with pine and cypress trees and is a natural haven for many species of wild birds. The farm is remote - some 236kms from Guatemala City and around a 10 hour drive round-trip. Owner Don Fabio Solís & his wife, Doña Sonia, do not mind being removed from the hustle and bustle of the city life, though. They prefer it and love their small farm and the green hillsides that surround their chosen home.
‘Las Nubes’ means ‘The Clouds’, and is so called because its location high in the mountains means that it is often draped in clouds. When Fabio gave up his job as a lorry driver and bought the finca in the 1980s, there were no roads up to his land, no house and no coffee trees. It took the couple four hours to walk up to the farm and three hours back. Gradually, they built up the finca, first selling semi-processed coffee on the local market. Their breakthrough came in 2001 when, out of nowhere, Las Nubes won Guatemala’s first Cup of Excellence competition, with a massive score of 96 out of 100.
From the beginning, Don Fabio has engaged in continual research and investigation into improving quality. The farm is situated at an elevation of 1,500m above sea level and has a sandy-clay soil type. At this altitude, the climate is temperate with low night time temperature ideally suited to the cultivation of the highest quality strictly hard bean (SHB) Arabica coffee. The farm measures just 45 manzanas of which 20 are permanently under coffee. Average production is 50 quintales of pergamino per manzana.
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