Finca La Bolsa
María Elena Vides de Ovalle

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Sanguinello oranges and muscovado sugar with fruity acidity and medium body - medium to dark roast

Close to the most western border with Mexico and the Pan-American Highway, La Libertad has the high altitude, plentiful rainfall, lush shade and moderate temperatures needed to grow exceptional coffee. Combine the best natural conditions with Caturra and the noble Bourbon variety, exacting skill in picking and processing coffee, and we have one of our favourite coffees from Guatemala. María Elena Vides de Ovalle’s father - Dr. Jorge Vides - started to grow coffee at La Bolsa in 1958 and was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Coffee Grower award from ANACAFE (the Guatemalan national coffee association) in 1984, just as the world was beginning to acknowledge the potential of great specialty coffee. María Elena has continued her father's work on the farm and developed the four anexos (neighbouring properties) to help the extended family. Maria Elena has worked with four community programmes over the last six years: the La Bolsa school, the La Bolsa day-care centre, the Vides 58 Coffee School grant and the Qawale initiative. The first two programmes are education-based for children who live at the farm and the children of seasonal workers. There is day-care which includes health check ups and a primary school. The Vides 58 grants help with tuition, travel and accommodation costs for any of the children from the farm if they wish to continue their high school education. The Qawale initiative helps 400 smallholders around La Bolsa with agronomy and processing. The aim of the project is to help improve the quality of the coffee from the small-holders and help them place that coffee with buyers who will pay a premium for great coffee.



Traditional Washed Process


Caturra and Bourbon


La Libertad, Huehuetenango

Monmouth Coffee - 250g - Guatemalan Finca La Bolsa Ground

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