Finca Las Nubes 250g
Expect smooth and easy drinking flavours of chocolate, raisin and vanilla in this fully washed coffee from Guatemala.
Finca Las Nubes is a 35 hectare farm in the Chiquimula region of Guatemala, of which 14 hectares is dedicated to growing coffee. From the returns gained by selling to the specialty coffee market, owner Fabio Solis has been able to invest in the farm and has developed his own processing facility.
‘Las Nubes’ means ‘The Clouds’, and is so called because its location high in the mountains means that it is often draped in clouds. When Fabio gave up his job as a lorry driver and bought the finca in the 1980s, there were no roads up to his land, no house and no coffee trees. It took the couple four hours to walk up to the farm and three hours back. Gradually, they built up the finca, first selling semi-processed coffee on the local market. Their breakthrough came in 2001 when, out of nowhere, Las Nubes won Guatemala’s first Cup of Excellence competition, with a massive score of 96 out of 100. It was unheard of, as Esquipulas is not widely known for its coffees.
“We believe that it is the land (tierra) that generates quality…. Our responsibility, as farmers, is not to damage this – we must nurture what the land gives us.” - Fabio Solis
Farm: Finca Las Nubes
Varietal(s): Red Catuaí
Processing: Fully washed & dried on patios
Altitude: 1,500 + metres above sea level