Guatemalan – La Bolsa
Maria and Renardo Vides own the farm, Finca La Bolsa, in the Huehuetenango region, Guatemala. The farm is situated between two mountains which is 1500-1700 meters above sea level, this location provides a very stable, humid microclimate. This combined with the limestone-rich soils gives the coffee a unique profile. This makes a great profile for growing coffee. The coffee is fermented for between 18-24 hours and the mucilage is washed off, graded and soaked overnight. This washed process creates a rich syrupy body with plenty of malic and citric acidity.
The farmer proudly follows C.A.F.E practices to ensure social and environmental practices are in place. Coffee Care funded the building of a local school and nursery at the farm, and also covered costs to employ professional teachers. All the staff have access to schooling for their children as they are urged to leave their children in education through food donations. Every family that attends education for 5 consecutive days will receive a weekly supply of rice, beans, and corn. Before this food ration scheme, it was very difficult to encourage people to leave their children in the care of others, as schooling wasn’t necessarily valued as there is greater pressure on earning money to feed the family. As a result, no children are working on the farm, and the school and nursery classes are full. Accommodation is also provided for permanent and temporary workers.