Origin: Brazil Sul Des Minas, Guatemala Finca Medina
Flavors: Dark Chocolate-Covered Almonds, Nutmeg, Black Currant
Altitude: 1080-1500 MASL
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Pache
Cooperativa Varginha, Minasul, founded in 1958, has solid values such as respect, transparency, and excellence. With 7,5000 members, it receives coffee from more than 150 cities in Minas Gerais. The mission of Minasul is to stimulate the improvement of quality and promote the potential that its region has to produce specialty coffee. Working for over 60 years they have built strong relationships with producers and now have a wide range of support for their members. They have consulting and financial programs, a field academy that teaches businesses and agricultural management of farms, a technical assistance team of trained professionals, and a large healthcare network aimed at taking care of members. Coop Varginha works with UTZ, 4C, Fair Trade, USDA Organic, and Rainforest Alliance. Coffee arrives from the farm to the cooperative and is carefully prepared with modern machinery and experienced professionals and is evaluated for quality until ready for export.
Founded in 1842. With 100+ hectares, Finca Medina is located in the foothills of the Agua volcano on the outskirts of Antigua Guatemala City. Finca Medina primarily grows Bourbon, Caturra “Pacas”, Sarchimor, and Marsellesa varietals The coffee breeding is performed under the traditional methods of pruning to renew the tissue and to maintain the adequate production. In order to achieve good breeding we use dripping watering techniques and monthly controls of the nutrition index. We also perform several fertilizations using compost or organic manure that comes from the decomposition of the pulp. All of the farm´s coffee grows under the shadow of Gravilea and Inga trees; we have 322 shadow trees for each hectare in the farm. This environment assures optimal conditions to achieve high quality harvests. The conservation of the ecosystem and the suitable maintenance of the shadow trees are key to guarantee the best quality of coffee breeding, this helps to establish an optimal environment and protects the quality of the soil and vegetation, which in turn promote the growth of coffee beans with superior quality.