Altitude: 3,500-4,500 feet
Varietal: Bourbon, Typica and Mundo Novo
Process: Washed, sun-dried
Our Guatemala Antigua is grown in rolling volcanic foothills around 3,500 – 4,500 feet above sea level. The microclimate is tropical and humid, and combined with rich clay-like soils, provides the ideal conditions for a range of varietals such as Bourbon, Typica and Mundo Novo. The farm also cultivates cardamom, macadamia nuts, plantain and banana, which is often used as a shade crop for the coffee bushes. However, much of the farm is also dedicated to a forestry preserve, where endangered trees are grown, providing a protected environment for wildlife and helping to prevent soil erosion on the steeper slopes.The farm, operated by the Echeverria family, hires mostly local labor which generates jobs for people in the nearby town. Finca Ceylan has contributed to community development with new houses, drinkable water and education centers for its employees and their children. The farm maintains the river basin and the natural vegetation that grows nearby, and many water sources have been protected. Hunting and fishing is prohibited to conserve natural fauna and flora, and the water used in the wet mill is filtered through oxidation tanks to avoid contaminating river water.