María Elena Vides – Finca La Bolsa – La Libertad – Huehuetenango – Guatemala
$12.00 – $18.00
Farm: Finca La Bolsa
Altitude: 1300 – 1600 MASL
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra, and Pacamara
Harvest: January-April 2018
Process: Fully washed after pulping and fermenting, dried in the sun on a patio, under parabolic shade, and in guardiolas
Notes: Papaya, Tart Peach, Vanilla, Cashew Butter
The Vides family’s story in coffee began 3 generations ago in 1958, when Jorge Vides Molina, a prominent doctor, founded Finca la Bolsa as a passion project. His grandchildren now manage the network of farms in Huehuetenango and the accompanying export business.
While Don Jorge passed away in 1995, his daughter María Elena and her son Renardo Ovalle took over management. In 2002 they submitted coffee from their farm to the Cup of Excellence, its first year in Guatemala, and took home the prize for second place. With the potential to produce super-specialty microlots suddenly exposed, the farms underwent an overhaul in terms of production style, cupping day lots and individual varieties to separate quality and cultivating direct relationships with roasters and coffee buyers.
Finca La Bolsa is the family’s original farm, first planted by Don Jorge. A little lower in elevation than its companion farms, this hasn’t stifled its ability to produce exceptional coffee. The 108 hectare farm also is in possession of a Rainforest Alliance certification and is a member of the Women in Coffee Association, as the farm is overseen personally by Doña María Elena. Two years ago, they added Pacamara and Gesha to the more traditional varieties growing on La Bolsa.
Sustainability and traceability are among the family’s stated priorities, and the work shows in the attention to detail they’ve taken in harvesting, processing, and exporting. This lot from La Bolsa is quite complex in flavor profile, a balancing act of citric, malic, and tartaric fruit flavors, loads of sweet baking spices, and a fudgy complexion that could be described as “comforting.”
In addition to their passion for quality coffee, Vides58 partners with CoffeeCare to ensure that parents who work on the family’s estates have healthy place to send their children to learn and play while they are at work. Maria is also a member of the Guatemalan chapter of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance.
Photos and Text courtesy of Royal Coffee
12 Ounces, 8 Ounces
Whole Bean, Espresso, Aeropress, Pour Over/ Drip, French Press