GT-45-202001 • Past harvest

Finca Liquidámbar -Jalapa -Pache Catuaí - Natural

  • Conventional (no certification): $7.9367 USD / kgFOB

  • Origin: Guatemala
  • Variety: Pache, Catuaí
  • Process type: Natural/Sun Dried
  • Seller's cupping score (SCA): 85.5 points
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The Guat Lab by TTCo Exports
Produced by Liquidámbar
  • Single farm
Offered by The Guat Lab by TTCo Exports
  • Guatemala
  • 47 sales on Algrano
  • 28 Roaster relationships
  • Seller relationships with Roasters in
  • 2 Average orders per roaster
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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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  • Process type
    Natural/Sun Dried
  • Altitude range
    1600m - 1750m
  • Harvest period
    January, 2020 - January, 2020
  • Average yearly production in bags
    0

Coffee Quality Evaluation

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Cupped: April, 2020
SCA Score
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85.5
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Farm: Finca Liquidámbar Producer: Walter Meléndez and André Meléndez Farm manager: André Meléndez Farm size: 69 hectares Location: San Pedro Pinula town, Jalapa department, Guatemala. Near the Tobón volcano Altitude: 1450 - 1650 m Soil: Red clay Cultivated varieties: Bourbon, Catuaí, Caturra. We also have seedlings of Pacamara and Gesha that we're starting to grow Processes: Washed, Honey and Natural Cup Profile: Red Fruits, Well Balanced, Lingering, Juicy. Finca Liquidámbar is a new farm. My father Walter has been in coffee for over 20 years, selling cherries to exporters in other parts of the country. He bought the farm 9 years ago and I have joined him two years ago to help manage the farm and the post-harvest. At that time, market prices were so low that my father wanted to sell the farm and focus on the cattle we also have for milk production. I insisted that we didn't sell and instead decided to invest in redesigning our processing plant. Today we have a new depulper from Penagos and can process our coffee up to parchment. We have a new mechanical drier for washed lots and polytunnels to dry our natural lots. We also have patios covered with a mesh that stops the beans from touching the floor whilst allowing air to circulate. When we first bring coffees to dry on the patios it looks like a sea of cherries! I have been working with Mario and Chris from Truth Trading Co for about a year now, after having met during a pre Q Grader course here in Guatemala. I want to improve my cupping skills so that I can better understand our coffees. 
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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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