Guatemala Antigua APCA Lots Have Arrived! / by Dan Loughrey

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In 1875, the Rodriguez family bought Finca Capetillo (which is the name of their mill and one of their fincas) purely for sugar cane production, but realized soon after that they could also produce coffee given the landscape of their land. In 1945, respected lawyer José Falla partnered with Federico and Ernesto Rodriguez Benito to create Rodriguez, Falla & Co., which has managed the farm ever since. In 2002, Pedro Echeverria Falla (grandson to Jose Falla) became the General Manager of Capetillo and has maintained it ever since. Both his grandfather Jose Falla Aris and the Rodriguez Benito Family own the land still to this day.

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There are several keys to Finca Capetillo's success. Considerable experience with coffee drying and processing along with a combination of modern equipment and traditional techniques allows for consistent quality delivery. The 300 hectares of the farm are well-defined, allowing for superior traceability for each lot. This traceability continues throughout processing, with each lot followed with careful attention from harvest through preparation for export. A combination of good altitude, the right amount of rainfall, and uniquely formulated soil helps the (mostly) Bourbon coffees develop throughout their production cycle.

Royal Coffee NY is offering one lot from Finca Capetillo this year:

  • 38181: Guatemala Antigua Capetillo Yellow Bourbon - APCA (GP)

Santa Catalina is a farm near the Acatenango volcano in Antigua. The farm is 95 hectares in size, of which 70 hectares is devoted exclusively to  coffee production. The remaining 25 hectares have been set aside as a forest preserve close to the Acatenango volcano. Santa Catalina produces a number of different varietals including Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, and Pache. After harvest, coffees from Finca Santa Catalina are sent to Finca Capetillo for processing and milling.

Royal Coffee NY Is offering two lots from Finca Santa Catalina this year:

  • 38183: Guatemala Antigua Santa Catalina Caturra - APCA (GP)
  • 38186: Guatemala Antigua Santa Catalina Pache C - APCA (GP)

Finca La Travesia  ("The Journey") is situated a little higher than the other farms, with some sections at over 2,000 meters above sea level. They produce mostly Bourbon, Caturra, and Catuai, and (like the others) their coffee is processed at Finca Capetillo. The farm has competed several times in both the APCA coffee competition and the Cup of Excellence.

Royal Coffee NY is offering one lot from Finca Travesia this year:

  • 38187: Guatemala Antigua Travesia Caturra - APCA (GP)

Named after the clouds, Finca Las Nubes is located on the slopes of the Acatenango volcano facing the city of Antigua. It was formed in the early 1970's and has been producing coffee ever since. Finca Las Nubes produces mostly Bourbon and Caturra varietals, and sends its coffee along to Finca Capetillo for post-harvest processing. Las Nubes has won the Best Coffee within the APCA six times, and has participated in the Cup of Excellence auction six times as well.

Royal Coffee NY is offering one lot from Finca Las Nubes this year:

  • 38185: Guatemala Antigua Nubes Bourbon - APCA (GP)