GUATEMALA FINCA SANTA MARGARITA
Elevation: 1640 masl
Variety: Caturra, Sarchimor, Catimor, Gesha
Process: Fully Washed, sun dried on raised beds
Tasting Notes: Raspberry, plum, nutmeg
Finca Santa Margarita is the family farm of one of our importers at InterAmerican Coffee: Camila Topke. The farm was founded in 1838 by Camila’s great grandfather and has been in the family for four generations and is primarily operated by women. Today, the farm is 2,320 hectares, 812 of which are coffee farm and the rest is left as natural forest. The farm has three natural springs which are protected by environmental policies and provide clean water to the people living on the farm, as well as to the wet mill.
Environmental sustainability is a primary goal of Finca Santa Margarita. They practice well informed agro-forestry that includes low intakes of agrochemicals, high shade coverage, and sustainable quality standards.
The farm also takes very seriously the quality of life of workers on the farm and houses an elementary school for children who live on Santa Margarita, as well as for neighboring farms (there are 75 children in the school in total). The farm also includes a small church and health clinic that partners with the Guatemala Department of Health. They hope to build a cupping facility on site to train workers to cup and be advocates for quality.