GT-46-202002 Past harvest

Finca La Bendición - Palencia - Catisic - Natural

  • $8.5981 USD / kg FOB Conventional (no certification)
Process type
Natural/Sun Dried
Altitude range
1800m - 2000m
Harvest period
February, 2020 - February, 2020
Seller's cupping score (SCA)
87.25 points
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The Guat Lab by TTCo Exports
Produced by Finca La Bendición
  • Single farm
Offered by The Guat Lab by TTCo Exports
  • Guatemala
  • 47 sales on Algrano
  • 2 Average orders per roaster
  • 28 Roaster relationships
  • Seller relationships with Roasters in
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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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Cupped: April, 2020
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Farm: Finca La Bendición Producer: José Constantino Gómez Reyes Farm size: 35 hectares Location: Sanguayoba village, Palencia town, Guatemala department, Guatemala Altitude: 1800 - 2000 m Average yearly rainfall: 1450 mm Average temperature: 17C Soil: Sandy Cultivated varieties: Pacamara, Catisic, Pache Processes: Washed and Natural Awards: 14th place on 2015's Cup of Excellence Cup Profile: Berry, Hibiscus, Tropical Fruits, Bright Acidity and Juicy. The farm was bought in 1930 by my grandparents Vicente Gómez and María Reyes. Back then, it only produced corn and potatoes. They first brought dairy cattle to the farm but our topography is so hilly that many cows met their death at the bottom of the cliffs. They were not like Swiss cows... Fortunately, we don't have that problem with coffee. The farm passed on to my father who started cultivating coffee and he left it to me. We call it La Bendición (The Benediction) because we have always felt blessed by the land. The fertile soil, the high altitude and the mild temperatures have always helped us produce excellent coffees, including an award-winning lot!  Harvest is usually delayed here compared to other parts of Guatemala, but we manage to harvest cherries at their peak maturation with 22 or 24 Brix. We like to work with the Catisic variety, a mixture of Catuaí and Catimor, because the cherries have a lot of sweetness. When we pick them they are past the bright red colour and rather a deep winey colour, near purple. We don't spray any herbicides on the farm and use a lot of organic matter, such as chicken and cow manure. We do use some potassium and proteins to help the cherries reach maturation homogeneously and also small doses of foliar nutrients to help with overall health and productivity.
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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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