Nestled in the highlands of Santa Cruz Naranjo, Santa Rosa, Guatemala, Finca El Carmen has been crafting coffee excellence since the 1950s. This picturesque estate, overlooking the enchanting Laguna El Pino, boasts elevations ranging from 1250 to 1500 meters above sea level. The coffee tapestry here is rich and diverse, with Caturra, Catuai, Pacamara, Bourbon, Obata, and Geisha varieties flourishing.
(Ivan & Rigoberto Morales)
What sets Finca El Carmen apart is its meticulous approach to coffee cultivation. The estate is a patchwork of parcels, each chosen to match the ideal elevation for specific coffee varieties. Engineer Rigoberto Morales del Cid, son of the current owner, is the mastermind behind this precision. He's on a mission to unlock the full potential of each variety. For years, these gems remained hidden, their flavours blended in obscurity. But since 2017, a dedicated process of cupping and evaluation has been underway. Scores dictate which varieties receive individual attention, each painstakingly processed to showcase its unique charm.
But it's not just about coffee; it's about community. Finca El Carmen goes beyond the beans, offering its workers homes complete with electricity and clean water. Even the neighbouring El Carmen village benefits from their potable water supply. Small plots for maize and beans help sustain the workers, fostering a spirit of togetherness.
(Finca El Carmen)
In this holistic approach, Finca El Carmen isn't just a coffee estate; it's a social conscience. It's a place where responsible farming, meticulous craft, and community well-being merge to create something truly special. And at the heart of it all, the Pacamara variety shines, with its luscious cherries, captivating cup quality, and a flavour symphony featuring notes of blackberry, sweet spices, and tropical fruits. It's a testament to the dedication and innovation of the Morales family, preserving tradition while reaching for new heights in the world of coffee.