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Guatemala - La Merced

Guatemala - La Merced

Regular price 310.00 MVR
Regular price Sale price 310.00 MVR
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Flavor Notes Orange, Caramelized Peach, Ripe Apricot
Producer  Finca La Merced
Region San Martín Jilotepeque
Varietal Bourbon
Process Fully Washed
Altitude 1750-1900 MASL
Harvest Dec - Apr

 

STORY

Looking for a farm with a history lesson? Let’s take you back to the year 1832. This property was purchased by Francisco Alburez from the previous owners and named it Finca la Merced, meaning ‘mercy’ in respect to the previous religious owners. Francisco passed the land on to his daughter Maria Alburez de Ortega. A hard- working woman, she married Manuel Ortega y Carrascal and they harvested corn and black beans on the farm. Years later, the farm was then passed on to their son, Carlos Ortega Alburez, who managed it from the age of 16 and from the start he looked for ideas to improve the work. So, in 1912, he planted the first coffee trees on Finca La Merced.

Leaping forwards, tragedy struck with the earthquake in 1976, where the municipality of San Marin Jilotepeque lost communication to the outside world due to landslides, and the main house and the community church that stood on Finca La Merced fell. A few years later in 1981, Carlos and his wife, Balbina, had to abandon the farm due to civil conflicts. Following the resolution of the civil war, in 1996, the fourth generation of the Alburez family returned to the farm.

This family heritage has passed through generations and the children and grandchildren of Carlos and Balbina are dedicated to keeping the tradition alive. Perhaps the town-wide celebration of Saint Isidore the Farmer each year on May 15th at Finca Merced helps contribute to the fruitful harvests and generational dedication we see here on this small land of Finca La Merced.

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