This coffee has been lovingly sourced from Marta of Coffee Bird, a 6thgeneration Guatemalan coffee farmer. We were lucky enough to buy two coffees that are on neighbouring small farms – El Amate and Santa Barbara, which make up the head farm of Los Rabanales.
It was a stand out on the cupping table and after hearing the story of their commitment to quality coffee we just had to have it. We are sharing the love with you – however we only have two bags of this amazing coffee so make sure you get some as this coffee was in the Cup of Excellence.
Farmer: The Ventura Family
Altitude: 1680 masl
Varietal: Catuai and Caturra
Farm size: 85 acres cultivated with coffee
Processing method: Washed
Tasting Note: brandy snap, toffee, vanilla, apple acidity, clean and balanced mouthfeel, menthol
The Ventura Family
Growing coffee has been a family tradition that began in 1894 and has been passed on from generation to generation. The passion and commitment for coffee has been passed on to Gaby, the newest generation of the Ventura family. The Ventura Family’s coffee farm is in close proximity to Guatemala City, their coffee farm a very luxurious piece of real estate and have a lot of social pressures to sell their property to developers. Yet they continue on! Their goal is to share their coffee all over the world and be recognised for their quality. Equally coffee farming represents an important revenue stream not only to the Ventura family, but also their workers, their families and supporters.
In the past the farm liaised with Illy Café, working predominantly with commodity grade coffee. Gaby and her family wanted to focus all of their attention to specialty coffee and get her farm known for quality, so she submitted a few samples in previous years to the Cup of Excellence. Since then they have never looked back, this year making it to the international round.
The Ventura family are considered model farmers. Over the last few years, the focus on the farm has been technical using a systematic and scientific approach to cultivating coffee. For example they have a 1 acre lot of Caturra where they experiment with different pruning techniques from “Rock N Roll to the Edward Scissorhands to measure the quality of production. From the lot they evaluate the best quality, and choose to propagate that seed through the rest of the farm.