The coffee story

Farm: Finca El Recuerdo 
Producer: Mario Ricardo Alarcon Meléndez 
Farm size: 21 hectares 
Location: Acatenango town, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala. Near the Acatenango volcano 
Altitude: 1530 - 1690 m 
Soil: Volcanic 
Cultivated varieties: Caturra, Catuaí, Bourbon, Gesha and Pache 
Processes: Natural, Honey and Washed with a triple fermentation 

My name is Mario Ricardo Alarcón Melendez and I'm the 5th generation to oversee my family's farm, Finca Monte de Oro, after my mother Ericka Meléndez and my father Mario Rene Alarcón Aguilar. Previously called El Socorro, the farm was renamed by my great grandfather, Fidel Meléndez, due to the great fertility of our soil. 

I have been managing the farm since 2008 and designed a new wet mill to improve the post-harvest process of our coffees. I have a degree in Mechanical Industrial Engineering and have been adapting the processing plant over the years to suit different methods, from washed to honeys and naturals. 

Thanks to one of the roasters I work with I now have a polytunnel with raised beds where I can control temperature and humidity to better dry micro-lots. I started Truth Trading Company with Christian Starry in 2015 after seeing how our parents were struggling with the prices of coffee. We market not only coffees from our farms but also from other growers we know and trust. We do so in a completely honest and fully transparent way, much like Algrano. 

I am constantly innovating at the farm and I follow the guidelines from Brazilian researcher Flávio Borem for drying at the mill. One of the things I learned from him is that aggressive drying of beans leads to higher water activity and that leads to instability within the bean structure. The result is inconsistency and a shorter "shelf" life of green coffee. That is why I monitor the water activity on my coffees and my aim in drying is to reach the 11% moisture content slowly, keeping water activity at an optimum point.  I start the post-harvest by fermenting the cherries before drying.

The process

Black Honey
GT-100-202112 Upcoming harvest

Finca El Recuerdo Black Honey

  • $7.9367 USD / kg FOB Conventional (no certification) est.
Origin
Guatemala
Variety
Caturra
Process type
Honey
Altitude range
1530m - 1690m
Harvest period
December, 2021 - March, 2022
Average yearly production in bags
0
Available quantity
45 X 69 kg bags est.
The new harvest for this coffee is upcoming!
You can contact the seller if you would like to create a pre-contract for this harvest
Samples unavailable
Pre-contract
  • Samples are unavailable
  • Shared shipments planned
    • FCA pickup in Bremen from August, 2022
      Orders possible until 2022-06-13
  • Custom shipments available
  • Doorstep delivery available
    We can arrange delivery to your roastery
Produced & offered by The Guat Lab by TTCo Exports
  • Guatemala
  • Group of farms
  • 47 sales on Algrano
  • 2 Average orders per roaster
  • 28 Roaster relationships
  • Seller relationships with Roasters in
Trusted by
80 Stone Coffee
Belfast Coffee Roast
Pennine Tea and Coffee Ltd

Young, Entrepreneurial, Innovative, Transparent

The Guat Lab is Mario Alarcon and Christian Starry, two producers and exporters who work side by side with growers in all parts of Guatemala to help them market their coffees. Unlike most exporters, they work as service providers providing 100% price transparency to their partners. The company developed a model with a fixed fee for exporting services and fair prices discussed with (not imposed to) each farmer and direct contact to the final buyer. Chris and Mario managed to make room for a different kind of exporting in Guatemala. More people trade transparently in the country now, a trend they are proud to have pioneered. They work with a number of producers with similar views of coffee: focus on innovation, transparency and a savvy approach to business. Mario is also the owner of Finca El Recuerdo and Finca Monte de Oro in Acatenango whilst Chris owns Finca El Xalúm and La Revuelta in Amatitlán. They are also known as Truth Trading Company or TTCo Exports.

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The coffee story

Farm: Finca El Recuerdo 
Producer: Mario Ricardo Alarcon Meléndez 
Farm size: 21 hectares 
Location: Acatenango town, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala. Near the Acatenango volcano 
Altitude: 1530 - 1690 m 
Soil: Volcanic 
Cultivated varieties: Caturra, Catuaí, Bourbon, Gesha and Pache 
Processes: Natural, Honey and Washed with a triple fermentation 

My name is Mario Ricardo Alarcón Melendez and I'm the 5th generation to oversee my family's farm, Finca Monte de Oro, after my mother Ericka Meléndez and my father Mario Rene Alarcón Aguilar. Previously called El Socorro, the farm was renamed by my great grandfather, Fidel Meléndez, due to the great fertility of our soil. 

I have been managing the farm since 2008 and designed a new wet mill to improve the post-harvest process of our coffees. I have a degree in Mechanical Industrial Engineering and have been adapting the processing plant over the years to suit different methods, from washed to honeys and naturals. 

Thanks to one of the roasters I work with I now have a polytunnel with raised beds where I can control temperature and humidity to better dry micro-lots. I started Truth Trading Company with Christian Starry in 2015 after seeing how our parents were struggling with the prices of coffee. We market not only coffees from our farms but also from other growers we know and trust. We do so in a completely honest and fully transparent way, much like Algrano. 

I am constantly innovating at the farm and I follow the guidelines from Brazilian researcher Flávio Borem for drying at the mill. One of the things I learned from him is that aggressive drying of beans leads to higher water activity and that leads to instability within the bean structure. The result is inconsistency and a shorter "shelf" life of green coffee. That is why I monitor the water activity on my coffees and my aim in drying is to reach the 11% moisture content slowly, keeping water activity at an optimum point.  I start the post-harvest by fermenting the cherries before drying.

The process

Black Honey
Algrano
Algrano
Cupped: May, 2021
The Guat Lab by TTCo Exports
Seller (Pending)
Cupped: N/A
SCA Score
Algrano
85.5 est.
Seller (Pending)
86.25
Key flavor notes
Algrano
Floral, Citrus fruit, Stone fruit, Apple est.
Seller (Pending)
-
Quality comment
Algrano
Elegant and bright, with citric acidity and lots of fruity notes, juicy apple touch and lingering aftertaste. Medium body, well balanced. Nice! est.
Seller (Pending)
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Sensorial radar

FAQ


Shipping
Once the ordering period ends we will consolidate all coffees in a shared container. During transport, your coffee is fully insured. We will keep you informed about the shipment status.

Upon arrival of the coffee at the warehouse, you can choose between 2 delivery modes:

  • Doorstep delivery: We will take care of transport to your roastery. We will provide your coffee fully insured until it is ready for unloading from the truck at your roastery.
  • EXW (ex. warehouse) means that we will provide the coffee ready for pick-up at the terminal of the warehouse. You are responsible for organising transport and insurance from the warehouse to your roastery.

Currently, we can deliver coffee anywhere in Europe, except Hungary. For all European buyers, the coffee will be provided custom cleared in any case. Roasters in Switzerland choosing EXW will be responsible for customs clearance.

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