El Patio - Guatemala

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El Patio
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Tasting Notes: Black currant juice, lemon, hints of tamarind spice with subtle tomato like acidity and a round full body
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Process: Fully Washed
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Variety: Caturra, Bourbon & San Ramon
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Elevation: 1850 MASL
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Region: La Libertad, Huehuetenango

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El Patio is a lot produced with the coffee grown in the most central part of the farm. It is under the management of Renardo Ovalle, the farm manager and head of coffee. The coffee is grown right next to the patio where the majority of the lots are dried, hence El Patio.

 Finca La Bolsa, the farm on which El Patio is grown, was bought by Jorge Vides, a distinguished medical professional, in 1958. Prior to this the land wasn’t used for coffee production. Vides won a number of awards for coffee production and services to the region of Huehuetenango. For this, he had the main hospital in the coffee growing community named after him.

La Bolsa competed in the 2002 Cup Of Excellence competition and placed second, scoring 94.98. La Bolsa sits between two mountains which provide a very stable, humid microclimate. This combined with the limestone rich soils give the coffee a very unique profile with a rich syrupy body and plenty of malic and citric acidity. The coffees on La Bolsa are fermented for 18 - 24 hours and then cleaned of mucilage, graded in channels and soaked overnight.

La Bolsa is RFA (Rainforest Alliance) certified & follows C.A.F.E (Coffee and Farmer Equality) practices guidelines. Coffee Care funded the construction of a school and nursery at La Bolsa with fully trained, full time teachers. All of the temporary and permanent staff of La Bolsa have access to schooling for their children and they are incentivised to leave their children at school or nursery through food donations. When a child attends school or nursery for 5 consecutive days they receive a weekly supply of rice, beans and corn. Prior to this food ration scheme it was very difficult to get people to leave their children in the care of others and schooling wasn’t necessarily valued as there is a greater pressure on earning more money to feed the family. As a result there are no children working in the farm and the school and nursery classes are full.

Accommodation is provided for permanent and temporary workers, with separate facilities for men, women and families, bathrooms and kitchens. Sections of the farm are reserved areas to promote biodiversity, reduce exposure to winds and soil erosion. Inga trees are used as shade trees and to fix nitrogen in the soil which is essential for plant and cherry growth.

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