Farm: Buena Vista
Altitude: 1600-1950 MASL
Varietal: Caturra and Bourbon
Process: Fermentation for 15 hours, fully washed and dried in raised beds
Notes: Milk Chocolate, Raspberry, Stone Fruit Sweet & Sugary
South Slope chose this is a micro lot from Buena Vista farm located in the Antigua region from producer Luis Pedro Zelaya Aguirre the patriarch of the Zelcafé group of companies. Buena Vista has been under LPZA’s management since 1998 and the farm has been planted with coffee since 1991. The farm’s coffee trees are fully replanted every 30 years, with the first pruning cycle occurring after seven years. Pruning occurs every year, while stumping occurs every third year. The Antigua region is one of the better-known coffee growing regions in Guatemala and is widely considered the best.
Luis Pedro Zelaya Zamora (LPZZ) is the fourth generation in his family to be working in the coffee business. The Zelaya family’s first farm was Carmona, followed by Bella Vista, which where the wet, dry mill facilities, and Zelcafé staff offices were later built and are currently located. For the Zelaya family, their coffee endeavors are not only about business; their aim is to provide a good basis for generations of their family and community to come. With this in mind, they are constantly looking for ways to provide jobs to as many families in their communities as possible, as well as supplying the best quality coffee they can to their clients.
Bella Vista continuously encourages its workers to get proper education and in special cases, finances education for some of them. The facility also often offers workshops on different topics. The Zelaya family farms all have C.A.F.E Practices implemented and in the coming years the family will try to implement a WaSH project at one of their biggest farms.
Other future plans include research on water treatment and the building of treatment plants and hopefully, the construction of another greenhouse.
Collaborative Coffee Source is our sourcing partner for this Guatemalan coffee. They have been working with the Zelaya family since 2013 and have shown to be a perfect partner. The team at Zelcafé have considerable training in modern agronomy and have mastered the art of processing coffees. It definitely shows in the year to year consistency in the cup. Very balanced and elegant coffees.