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Guatemala Pura Fruta (medium-light)

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    Roast: Medium-light
    Cupping Notes: Cacao nibs, cantaloupe, pound cake
    Available Since: July 2022
    Available Until: Mid-Fall 2022

    Region: Alta Verapaz, Cobán
    Farm: Finca El Platanillo
    Process: Natural
    Varietal: Red Bourbon
    Altitude: 1350 m
    Certification: Direct Trade

    We are truly enjoying the beans' unsweetened, yet fruity acidity of cacao nibs coupled with abundant notes of ripe cantaloupe and an aroma of pound cake.

     

    A closer look at Finca El Platanillo, the world's first climate neutral farm:

    Under the management of Mr. Stuardo Coto, Finca El Platanillo prioritizes the ecosystem, the community, coffee quality, and productivity.

    “Close monitoring of flora and fauna has led to a rich environment where the ecosystem and the plantation planning go hand in hand. Protecting the ecosystem is a principle that have guided all the constant improvement that the farm undertakes each year. Because this principle was always priority, by the time certification programs such as RFA (Rainforest Alliance), Starbucks’ “Café Practices”, 4C, etc. came into existence; Finca El Platanillo was already in compliance with most of the requirements to obtain these certifications. Keeping Rainforest Alliance since 2005 to this day, and pioneering RFA’s Climate Module as the first farm in the world to implement this once extra sustainable program.

    The community in the farm has access to their own garden to grow vegetables, and fresh water is also provided to people living in the farm and nearby communities. Education, another important principle, has been a top priority at Finca El Platanillo. The farm had a school for children who lived there since the farm was first started around 1978, but the idea became more refined, and evolved into a partnership with a long term client for the creation of the Nuevo Platanillo School in 2002. The school is located on land originally owned by the farm, which was donated to the school. This project has continuously evolved, and the school has been upgraded many times. The school has a computer lab which has Internet access where the children of the farm and nearby community are taught the basics of computing from an early age.

    Regarding the coffee itself, high quality and productivity have always been the goal. Stuardo has been constantly studying and researching varietals that will adapt at El Platanillo’s specific conditions. For this reason, many years ago he started a varietal garden where all varietals (around 100 different ones) are deeply studied both for their production capabilities, as well as adaptation to the microclimate, and cup characteristics. Varieties that are found ideal for the farm are thoroughly tested and then plotted as a new plantation.”

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