The coffee story

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

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. 

The process

Hand-picked, floated in water and dried on raised beds in a solar drier.
GT-96-202101 Past harvest

Finca Liquidámbar - André Meléndez - Natural Pache Catuaí

  • $7.4958 USD / kg FOB Conventional (no certification)
Origin
Guatemala
Variety
Pache, Catuaí
Process type
Natural/Sun Dried
Altitude range
1520m - 1710m
Harvest period
January, 2021 - March, 2021
Algrano's cupping score (SCA)
85.25 points
There are no shared shipments for this coffee
For large orders, you can request a shipment and we would be happy to organise a custom shipment for you
  • Green or roasted samples are available
  • Shared shipments unavailable
  • Custom shipments unavailable
  • Doorstep delivery unavailable
    We are unable to 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.

Translate

The coffee story

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

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. 

The process

Hand-picked, floated in water and dried on raised beds in a solar drier.
Algrano
Algrano
Cupped: April, 2021
The Guat Lab by TTCo Exports
Seller (Pending)
Cupped: N/A
SCA Score
Algrano
85.25
Seller (Pending)
86.75
Key flavor notes
Algrano
Blueberry, Rummy, Winey, Strawberry, Maracuja
Seller (Pending)
-
Quality comment
Algrano
Ah, beautiful Guatemalan coffee! One of the fruitiest we have seen this season with lots of berries and tropical fruit.
Seller (Pending)
-
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.

Currencies
When calculating price, you can select your preferred currency: USD, CHF, EUR, or GBP.

2 payment methods are accepted on Algrano:

1. Buy now, pay later
Pay your coffee after its delivered in Europe. This option generates an additional fee, displayed in the shopping cart.

3. Pay 10 days after placing the order
We will send you a 10 day invoice straight after you placed your order.