Finca Las Mercedes
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Hand Roasted Colombian Coffee
Coffee Type: Brew
Flavour Notes: Citrus, orange, sweet, brown sugar
Coffee Packaging: Biodegradable bag
Farm: Finca Las Mercedes
Coffee Varietal(s): Caturra 70%; Castillo 20%; Colombia 10%
Coffee Processing: Fully washed & dried on African beds
Farm Altitude: 1,750 to 2,050 metres above sea level
Farm Owner: Alfonso Eduardo Guerra Vélez
Town / City: San Bernardo de los Farallones del Citará, Ciudad Bolívar
Total size of farm: 384 hectares
Certification: Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Kapeh and 4C certification.
Situated in the mild climate and mountainous terrain of southwest Antoquia, Finca Las Mercedes has the perfect climate and altitude for producing amazing quality coffee as well as providing a habitat for a diversity of native plants and animals. The Guerra family have dedicated 150 of their 384 hectares to coffee. The rest of the farm lies under native forest and is devoted entirely as a nature and watershed preserve.
In the first few years, Don Alfonso planted 150,000 coffee trees on the farm. Don Alfonso’s son, Juan Carlos Guerra has since influenced the farm to increase its focus on quality improvements and speciality coffee production. The farm’s Caturra (70%), Castillo (20%) and Colombia (10%) trees are maintained and with an eye to partner productivity and environmental stewardship. Plots are fertilised twice annually and all control of illnesses and pests are done using products that are certified as being friendly to wildlife.
All coffee at the farm is selectively hand picked before being transported to the farm’s state-of-the-art mill to be pulped on the same day. After pulping the coffee is fermented twice for 25 hours. The first fermentation is anaerobic, occurring at cool temperatures and afterwards, the coffee is fermented aerobically for another 25 hours before being fully washed, graded and transported to dry in African beds.
The farm’s diligent environmental and social practices have led them to achieve Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Kapeh and 4C certification.