San Antonia - Chaguite
San Antonia - Chaguite
SAN ANTONIO CHAGUITE LOT 2 - puro caturra.
This particular lot is a separated parcel of the farm - from right in the middle of the mountain and harvested accordingly - 2nd to last to ripen. This lot sits 1600 - 1800 meters above sea level.
purchased (by Shared Source) directly from Dany and Madlyn for several years now, their drive and innovation has grown at the farm level and in the cup. An amazing drip-irrigation system the latest win in a string of creative ways to make San Antonia more sustainable.
Huehuetenango is a region of severe rains and severe drought. Dams to capture downpours and save enough water now to see their trees through grain-filling period and the month just before harvest which can be the driest. This year was a severe drought year, the Perez lost a significant volume. The stressed trees put all their energy into fewer cherries and the result was a more intense cup
Dany’s brother Guillermo is an agronomical engineer and has been instrumental in using the drip irrigation system to fertilise the finca. By giving the plant tiny doses of fertiliser at regular intervals (nutrients based on soil analyses), the plant is healthier and overall use of (organic) fertiliser use is reduced massively. We have never seen drip-fertilisation on a farm before and the difference it makes in reducing chemical inputs is astounding. They also have a massive worm farm and compost coffee pulp and mucilage and apply organic compost to the whole farm.
Shade trees are abundant, it is a beautiful place to visit.
Dany and Madlyn have a state of the art wet-mill that sorts cherries exceptionally well before depulping. A cherry sorter built into the wet mill is very rare! Fermentation is in large format cement tanks and this year lasted between 36 and 48 hours depending on the weather at the time.
Pickers are paid well above market rate - this allows pickers to be selective in grabbing only ripe reddies. Dany and Madlyn pride themselves on providing their worker a reliable and well-paid income. Shared Source personally spoke to several of the pickers and they confirmed that Dany and his father Willy pay the best prices around.
All in all, on an enviro-socio-quality level we are super proud of this coffee.