Taste: Sweet, Toffee, Under Ripe Fruit, Crab Apple.
Region: Southern Shan State
Altitude: 1600 masl
Variety: Caturra, Bourbon, Pacamara, Villa Sarchi, Geisha.
The Antigua region is very special to Coffee Bird as it is where the Dalton Family’s coffee story began. It is where Manuel Matheu - Marta and Alex’s great great great grandfather - pioneered Guatemalan coffee with his nephew in 1864. The coffee region of Antigua is spread across a valley surrounded by three volcanoes, Agua (Water), Acatenango, and Fuego (Fire). The coffee grown in Antigua is enriched by the volcanic soil and tends to hold moisture well. The main shade tree used in Antigua is the gravilea, which helps protect the coffee from frost. The main town in the region is also called Antigua. It is a cultural center for tourism, as it is the ancient capital of both the Mayans and the country of Guatemala. The increase in tourism has attracted a lot of locals and foreigners to live in the town. The demographic pressures create a demand for property in the region, and as such, farmers are enticed with lucrative property offers to sell their land. The key to keeping coffee in the region is to ensure farmers are being rewarded for the quality they are producing.
The Dalton family honours its coffee growing heritage - the farm is currently being operated by the 5th and 6th generations. Coffee represents 214.64 hectares of the entire farm. Bosques de San Francisco is a quarter of the original Dalton family farm, originally called Finca Filadelfia. The coffee from Bosques de San Francisco is picked separately. The farm only grows Bourbon, Caturra, and Pacamara. This is the second harvest of the Pacamara and it has a unique lavender note. The Bourbon & Caturra grow together on the same lots and are picked together. The original Finca Filadelfia was first coffee farm in Antigua. It was split into 4 unique farms upon the passing of the third generation of the Dalton family. Like most farms in Guatemala, Finca Filadelfia originally harvested cochineal. In 1864 the farm transitioned to coffee amidst a country wide recession. Manuel Matheu (Marta’s great great great grandfather) initially borrowed the land, where he planted some coffee in 1864. After his first harvest, he went to London to sell his crop. After returning from London where he achieved great success, he was commissioned by the President of Guatemala to show small farmers how to grow coffee. Thus the Antigua coffee growing region was born. Eventually, Manuel’s son purchased what is now Finca Filadelfia. Their passion for coffee has been passed down for 6 generations. Marta’s great grandmother Elisa ran the farm until she was 95 years old, and won the first two Cup of Excellence in 2001 and 2002.
Guatemala Bosques De San Francisco
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