Mexico Altura Finca San Carlos - medium roast, notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and maple syrup.
Grower: Alfred Klein
Variety: Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra, and Typica
Region: Chiapas, Mexico
Harvest: October – March
Altitude: 1,100 – 1,350 meters
Soil: Clay minerals
Process: Fully washed and dried in the sun
Mexican Altura Finca San Carlos EP coffee is sourced from a family-owned estate located within the municipality Unión Juárez in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Finca San Carlos has a rich heritage that dates back to 1896, when Ludwig Hotzen, a German immigrant, first established coffee cultivation on the western slope of Volcán Tacaná, which sits on the international border between Mexico and Guatemala. With some financial support from Royal, Alfred Klein purchased the farm from the Hotzen family in 2013. Alfred has worked hard to renovate the farm after leaf rust destroyed nearly 85 percent of production. There is light at the end of the tunnel and some of the advantages on the farm are in full swing; like an abundance of spring water being utilized to ferment coffee for 48 hour and then double washed with a 48 soak before slowly drying the coffee on patios. Finca San Carlos also has a state-of-the-art water purification system and bio-digester to ensure that the water is returned downstream, clean, PH balanced, and oxygenated. Alfred has also maintained the long standing commitment to the Guatemalan migrant works and their families; providing onsite housing, meals, healthcare, and education to offset the hardship of seasonal work in such a remote location.