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Honduras White Honey SHG EP Special Preparation Finca Rio Colorado

The acquisition of Finca Rio Colorado represents the first step of the Umami Area Honduras project, an organization founded in 2017 by an international group of adventurous professionals driven by the willingness to show to the coffee world the potential of a true sustainable integrated farm management system.
Located in a valley in the cordillera de Celaque, western Honduras, this 46-hectares coffee plantation is bounded on its northern and southern sides by two rivers one of which, the Rio Colorado, names the finca itself.
The plantation host exclusively Arabica trees, whose majority is up to forty-years old and belongs to the early plantations when coffee was introduced in the country. Umami Area Honduras has mandated the DNA-Analytica lab in Trieste to carry-out genetic analysis for the DNA profiling of the botanical variety of the trees, planning to start a renovation and rejuvenation program, and the conversion of production to organic agriculture.
As the local communities have always lived in symbiosis with their territory, so this coffee estate does: Finca Rio Colorado emphasize the preservation of natural resources, the sustainability of its production process, the social responsibility for all the people involved in the production, and supports a re-forestation program aiming to preserve the local eco-system, the biodiversity and water river protection.
Finca Rio Colorado is involved in many social projects for the local community, such as the creation of a virtual library for children and young people, the development of policies and training courses on the child labor prevention, the creation of a youth soccer academy, the support to rural clinics for the financing of medical personnel and supplies, the creation of medical teams dedicated to the vaccinations in the most internal areas, and much more.

Honduras White Honey Micro Lot Special Preparation Finca Don Pancho

Finca don Pancho is a small piece of land located in Las Capucas area, near to the Pachapa village. Two hectares of land shaded by legumes and plane trees, loved and cared personally since more than twenty years by the capataz don Francisco Villeda Panchito “don Pancho”: his great humanity made him an example for all the people he meets. Despite an accident he had when he was a soldier when he lost his left arm in a firefight, the hard work of don Pancho and family is the demonstration that determination, humility and a strong family unit are the keys to success against all odds.
The cooperation of Finca don Pancho with the Umami Area Honduras organization and the COCAFCAL – Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada led to the creation of the Capucas Coffee Academy, an institution dedicated to the social and cultural development of the local coffee community. The formation and the commitment to excellence given by this organization are exceptional, leading Mary Portillo to the two-time winning of the National Barista Championship of Honduras.
As the local communities have always lived in symbiosis with their territory, so this coffee estate does: Finca don Pancho emphasize the preservation of natural resources, the sustainability of its production process, the social responsibility for all the people involved in the production, and supports a re-forestation program aiming to preserve the local eco-system, the biodiversity and water river protection.
Finca don Pancho is involved in many social projects for the local community, such as the creation of a virtual library for children and young people, the development of policies and training courses on the child labor prevention, the creation of a youth soccer academy, the support to rural clinics for the financing of medical personnel and supplies, the creation of medical teams dedicated to the vaccinations in the most internal areas, and much more.

Honduras White Honey Caracolito Limited Selection Finca Rio Colorado

The acquisition of Finca Rio Colorado represents the first step of the Umami Area Honduras project, an organization founded in 2017 by an international group of adventurous professionals driven by the willingness to show to the coffee world the potential of a true sustainable integrated farm management system.
Located in a valley in the cordillera de Celaque, western Honduras, this 46-hectares coffee plantation is bounded on its northern and southern sides by two rivers one of which, the Rio Colorado, names the finca itself.
The plantation host exclusively Arabica trees, whose majority is up to forty-years old and belongs to the early plantations when coffee was introduced in the country. Umami Area Honduras has mandated the DNA-Analytica lab in Trieste to carry-out genetic analysis for the DNA profiling of the botanical variety of the trees, planning to start a renovation and rejuvenation program, and the conversion of production to organic agriculture.
As the local communities have always lived in symbiosis with their territory, so this coffee estate does: Finca Rio Colorado emphasize the preservation of natural resources, the sustainability of its production process, the social responsibility for all the people involved in the production, and supports a re-forestation program aiming to preserve the local eco-system, the biodiversity and water river protection.
Finca Rio Colorado is involved in many social projects for the local community, such as the creation of a virtual library for children and young people, the development of policies and training courses on the child labor prevention, the creation of a youth soccer academy, the support to rural clinics for the financing of medical personnel and supplies, the creation of medical teams dedicated to the vaccinations in the most internal areas, and much more.

Honduras Washed Micro Lot Special Preparation Finca Rio Aruco

Finca Rio Aruco lies in the beautiful Rio Aruco Valley, on the cordillera de Celaque, refreshed by the cold breeze from the nearby rainforest. Its specific microclimate, whose average annual temperature is slightly lower than surrounding areas, and the peculiar soil are the main characteristics that influence the aroma and cup profile of its coffees.
All coffees from the farm are carefully harvested by hand and meticulously sorted before being delivered for processing to the mill.
As the local communities have always lived in symbiosis with their territory, so this coffee estate does: Finca Rio Aruco emphasize the preservation of natural resources, the sustainability of its production process, the social responsibility for all the people involved in the production, and supports a re-forestation program aiming to preserve the local eco-system, the biodiversity and water river protection.
Finca Rio Aruco is involved in many social projects for the local community, such as the creation of a virtual library for children and young people, the development of policies and training courses on the child labor prevention, the creation of a youth soccer academy, the support to rural clinics for the financing of medical personnel and supplies, the creation of medical teams dedicated to the vaccinations in the most internal areas, and much more.

Honduras Natural Micro Lot Special Preparation Finca Platanares

Located on the mountainous slopes of the Rio Colorado valley at an altitude of 1,150 meters above sea level on the cordillera de Celaque, the most extensive and preserved rainforests in Honduras hosting the Cerro Las Minas, the tallest peak in Honduras, Finca Platanares produces an inimitable shade-grown coffee.
Traditionally, all coffee was shade-grown. Most varieties of coffee are naturally intolerant of direct sunlight and prefer a canopy of sun-filtering shade trees. As a result of modernization and a push for higher yielding crops, in the mid-1970s new sun-tolerant and fungal-resistant coffee varieties have been developed. Whether this change allowed a significant increase in productivity, on the other hand, it had a negative impact on the environment. This has resulted in a new trend in support of shade-grown coffee.
Shade-grown coffee is a true sustainable farming method with a tangible, positive impact on the environment. Recent data have shown that between all agricultural land uses, the shade-grown coffee is most likely the crop that supports the highest diversity of migratory birds and native flora and fauna; birds and mammals alike play a large role in pest control by eating many herbivorous insects, with a consequent increase in bee abundance and a better pollination process for the whole eco-system. Plus, shade-grown coffee helps reduce soil erosion, stabilize mountainous slopes and save soil moisture: less runoff of surface water and greater water retention means less leaching of nutrients, further recharged by the added leaf litter and other plant material falling from the shade trees, that increase soil nutrients such as carbon and nitrogen.
All coffees from the farm are shade-grown under plane and bananas trees, carefully harvested by hand and meticulously sorted before being delivered for processing to the mill.
As the local communities have always lived in symbiosis with their territory, so this coffee estate does: Finca Platanares emphasize the preservation of natural resources, the sustainability of its production process, the social responsibility for all the people involved in the production, and supports a re-forestation program aiming to preserve the local eco-system, the biodiversity and water river protection.
Finca Platanares is involved in many social projects for the local community, such as the creation of a virtual library for children and young people, the development of policies and training courses on the child labor prevention, the creation of a youth soccer academy, the support to rural clinics for the financing of medical personnel and supplies, the creation of medical teams dedicated to the vaccinations in the most internal areas, and much more.

Honduras Black Honey Micro Lot Special Preparation Finca Caja De Aguas

Located in the west of the country, the cordillera de Celaque hosts the tallest peak in Honduras, and one of the most extensive and preserved rainforests in the country. Undoubtedly, the mountain whose name in the extinct Honduran Lenca language meant “caja de aguas” (Spanish: water box) is one of the most important corners of Honduras, not simply for the most impressive panoramas of all Honduras, but especially for its rich biodiversity and high level of endemism.
This scenario is the location of Finca Caja de Aguas, a truly unique micro-estate: about 46 hectares surrounded by forest, refreshed by a natural water spring on its tallest hill that name the finca the way the old Mesoamerican tribes did.
As the local communities have always lived in symbiosis with their territory, so this coffee estate does: Finca Caja de Aguas emphasize the preservation of natural resources, the sustainability of its production process, the social responsibility for all the people involved in the production. It only uses biological and natural fertilizers from the local COCAFCAL – Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada and supports a re-forestation program aiming to preserve the local eco-system, the biodiversity and water river protection.
Finca Caja de Aguas is involved in many social projects for the local community, such as the creation of a virtual library for children and young people, the development of policies and training courses on the child labor prevention, the creation of a youth soccer academy, the support to rural clinics for the financing of medical personnel and supplies, the creation of medical teams dedicated to the vaccinations in the most internal areas, and much more.

Guatemala Washed SHB EP Special Praparation Finca Peña Blanca

Coffee production started to grow in Guatemala since the 1860s on the back of a declining indigo trade, previously the main export from the country, and continued steadily, leading the country to the top-5 rank of the main coffee-producing countries in the world.
Although Guatemala is well-known worldwide for the finest and distinctive coffees from its various regional specifications, the market’s main attention has been historically focused on the coffee produced in Los Altos, the highlands between the Sierra Madre de Chiapas and the Petén lowlands where coffee cultivation is particularly ideal thanks to high altitudes, rich volcanic soils and a climate that allows a slow maturation to the beans.
Laying in the middle of this area, Finca Peña Blanca (Spanish: white rock) embraces the Laguna de Ayarza. The finca is owned by don Pablo Chuy, fourth-generation descendant of a family of coffee producers.
The long-tradition and experience of don Pablo allowed him to preserve the Bourbon and Typica varieties into his estate, by approaching the production process with an integrated farm management system aiming to preserve the local eco-system, the biodiversity and water river protection. The Bourbon is a natural mutation of the Typica, one of the earliest and most important coffee varieties.

Guatemala Washed SHB EP Special Praparation Finca Linda Vista

Coffee has helped fuel Guatemala’s economy for over a hundred years, still leading the export revenue in the country nowadays.
Although Guatemala is well-known worldwide for the finest and distinctive coffees from its various regional specifications, the market’s main attention has been historically focused on the coffee produced in Los Altos, the highlands between the Sierra Madre de Chiapas and the Petén lowlands where coffee cultivation is particularly ideal thanks to high altitudes, rich volcanic soils and a climate that allows a slow maturation to the beans.
The valle de Santa Rosa, in the homonymous department, is the backdrop of Finca Linda Vista: surrounded by a breathtaking landscape, at an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, with an average temperature of 86 °F (around 30 °C), this finca was born as a corn and cattle farm, then expanded to coffee production reaching an annual volume of 3,000 bags of 60 kg.
Finca Linda Vista is a business model in the region due to its good practices, sustainable initiatives and the care to the environment and their workers.

El Salvador Washed SHG Special Preparation Finca Puerto Arturo

Las Neblinas Estate Farms is a cooperative of two small coffee farms named Finca Puerto Arturo and Finca El Carmencito with a history of over 150 years, that have been owned and forged by 5 generations in the highest mountains of the cordillera de Apaneca-Ilamatepec.
Owned by doña Karla Quirós de Moisés and her husband, Las Nebinas (Spanish: the fogs) was named after its constant presence of clouds, stuck in between two mountains at an altitude between 1400 to 1600 meters above sea level
In Finca Puerto Arturo, the previous plantations of Bourbon with a little of Catimor and Caturra were mostly replanted in 2014 with Pacamara, leaving only a quarter of the land dedicated to the older but duly renewed Bourbon and Catimor, with a little of Costa Rica 95. Finca El Carmencito is mainly planted with red and orange Bourbon varieties. The Pacamara coffee variety is a cross between the Pacas, the natural mutation of the Bourbon variety discovered by don Fernando Alberto Pacas Figueroa in El Salvador in 1949, and Maragogipe, the mutation of Typica with very large cherries: as the latter one, the beans of the Pacamara variety are very big, with striking sugary sweetness and florals notes.
The highest elevation, the fresh climate, the volcanic soil and the abundance of water are the main features that characterize the aroma and cup profile of the gourmet coffees produced by this finca.

El Salvador Washed SHG Special Preparation Finca La Esperanza

The environment of Finca La Esperanza is pretty unique: on the top of Volcán de San Salvador with a magnificent view over the Valle de Zapotitán, it jealously preserves the wildlife treasury of the near Parque Nacional El Boqueron protected by the shadow of centuries-old Mescal trees (Sophora secundiflora).
Besides a fauna sanctuary, Finca La Esperanza preserves the botanical treasure of its coffee varieties. Unlike other fincas in the region that abandoned the traditional Bourbon and Pacas varieties to other ones more resistant to roya (Hemileia vastatrix, a fungus that causes the coffee leaf rust), La Esperanza has kept the original Arabigo, a genetical evolution of the Typica very common in the early plantations of the late 1800s, when coffee was introduced in America.
The production process is approached with an integrated farm management system. Harvesting is carried out by hand when the cherries are at the peak of their ripeness, to ensure that the maximum potential of the aromatic characteristics of coffee is expressed.
The meticulous work of the men and women working in harvesting and processing, the highest elevation, the special microclimate and the volcanic soil are the main features that characterizes the aroma and cup profile of the gourmet coffees produced by this finca.

El Salvador Washed Pacamara SHG Special Preparation Finca Las Luces

Finca Las Luces lies on the cordillera de Apaneca-Ilamatepec, with a stunning view on the Volcán de Santa Ana, the highest volcano of El Salvador, at between 1250 to 1350 meters above sea level.
Don Alfredo Pacas, El Salvadoran coffee veteran whose name do not need any introduction, acquired Finca Las Luces in 1992. He soon replanted the original Tekisik variety, an offshoot of Bourbon, with Pacamara, more adequate to the microclimate and altitude of the area, as well as for the agobio pruning method. The Pacamara coffee variety is a cross between the Pacas, the natural mutation of the Bourbon variety discovered by don Fernando Alberto Pacas Figueroa in El Salvador in 1949, and Maragogipe, the mutation of Typica with very large cherries: as the latter one, the beans of the Pacamara variety are very big, with striking sugary sweetness and florals notes. The agobio is a pruning method where branches are bent in order to provoke new growth of productive branches, using the well-developed root system that the plant already has.
Charismatic siblings Maria and Alfredo Pacas personify the company’s values of responsibility, respect and integrity, with a healthy dose of fun thrown in.

El Salvador Washed Bourbon SHG Special Preparation Finca España

Finca España is located near the Apaneca village, on a picturesque and cold hill with a magnificent view on the Cerro de Apaneca and Laguna Verde.
Doña Eleonora Lemus de Diaz Nuila “doña Nora” inherited Finca España from her grandfather don Rodrigo Herrera “papa Higo”, a descendant of a long-tradition of Salvadoran coffee producers. Doña Nora is the fourth generation of a family dedicated to the enhancement of coffee from the Apaneca-Ahuachapan region.
To improve the efficiency and the eco-sustainability of the production process, doña Nora implemented a farm renovation and rehabilitation program over the last few years, by replacing the old trees with new Bourbon and Pacas varieties. The Bourbon is a natural mutation of the Typica, one of the earliest and most important coffee varieties, while Pacas is a natural mutation of the Bourbon, discovered by don Fernando Alberto Pacas Figueroa in El Salvador in 1949.
Doña Nora empathize exclusively on high-profiles coffees, as she believes that this is the way to make a finca successful in the economic worldwide scenario.
The highest elevation, the special microclimate and the volcanic soil are the main features that characterizes the aroma and cup profile of the gourmet coffees produced by this finca.

El Salvador Honey Red Bourbon SHG Special Preparation Finca Buenos Aires

Finca Buenos Aires lies near the town of El Congo, on the cordillera de Apaneca-Ilamatepec, at an average altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level. 25 hectares of land rise high above the Caldera de Coatepeque, with a stunning view on the Volcán de Santa Ana, the highest volcano of El Salvador.
The name Buenos Aires (Spanish: nice winds) reflects the privileged location where this finca finds itself, blessed by kind and gentle breezes.
Finca Buenos Aires is owned since 2014 by don Ricardo Kriete, descendant of a long-tradition of Salvadoran coffee producers and great enthusiast for nature and high-profile coffee.
The finca has a long-standing reputation, partly due to its exquisitely maintained old Orange and Red Bourbon trees, grown protected by the shade of native trees. The Bourbon is a natural mutation of the Typica, one of the earliest and most important coffee varieties, and it is spread worldwide: the Red, Yellow and Orange (sometimes known as Pink) Bourbon are varieties with natural mutation of one recessive gene, named after the color of the berry.
The coffee is carefully harvested by hand and meticulously sorted before being delivered for processing to the mill. All processing by-products are collected, environmentally processed and reused as organic fertilizer. A rainwater harvesting system allows to reuse the rainwater in the washed processing method.
The region’s rich dark soils and blessed climate make the perfect environment for a coffee with a spectacular cup quality and wonderful aroma.

El Salvador Honey Orange Bourbon SHG Special Preparation Finca Buenos Aires

Finca Buenos Aires lies near the town of El Congo, on the cordillera de Apaneca-Ilamatepec, at an average altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level. 25 hectares of land rise high above the Caldera de Coatepeque, with a stunning view on the Volcán de Santa Ana, the highest volcano of El Salvador.
The name Buenos Aires (Spanish: nice winds) reflects the privileged location where this finca finds itself, blessed by kind and gentle breezes.
Finca Buenos Aires is owned since 2014 by don Ricardo Kriete, descendant of a long-tradition of Salvadoran coffee producers and great enthusiast for nature and high-profile coffee.
The finca has a long-standing reputation, partly due to its exquisitely maintained old Orange and Red Bourbon trees, grown protected by the shade of native trees. The Bourbon is a natural mutation of the Typica, one of the earliest and most important coffee varieties, and it is spread worldwide: the Red, Yellow and Orange (sometimes known as Pink) Bourbon are varieties with natural mutation of one recessive gene, named after the color of the berry.
The coffee is carefully harvested by hand and meticulously sorted before being delivered for processing to the mill. All processing by-products are collected, environmentally processed and reused as organic fertilizer. A rainwater harvesting system allows to reuse the rainwater in the washed processing method.
The region’s rich dark soils and blessed climate make the perfect environment for a coffee with a spectacular cup quality and wonderful aroma.

Colombia Sundried Excelso EP 10% Estate Coffee La Guamera

Since more than 25 years, the tenacity of a family group in the middle of the eje cafetero created a stunning farm whose coffee has all the richest flavors and aromas that Colombian mountains have to offer.
Finca La Meseta-Guamera is adjacent to a village and involves the local community in the production process, from seedlings to manual sorting of ripe fruits: their hard and enthusiastic work guarantees the physical and sensory quality of the extraordinary coffees from this estate.
Due to its location in the mountains, Finca La Meseta-Guamera is classified as a “finca de altura”, an attribute you can feel in the excellent quality and cup profile of its coffees.
Finca La Meseta-Guamera emphasize the preservation of natural resources, the sustainability of its production process, the social responsibility for all the people involved in the production, and the traceability of its products.
The focus of the Finca La Meseta-Guamera is to offer a true genuine sustainable coffee, resulting in the continuous training of the local community with an interdisciplinary group as well as with local and national authorities in the application of the Buenas Prácticas Agrícolas.