History of Kape´tenango
Ranch Kape´tenango (a Mam name, which means Land of Coffee) is a coffee-growing family business, which was established in 2014 with the purchase of a piece of land, in a place known as “La Ventana” (“The Window”), of 8.16 hectars. It has a spectecular panoramic view, a dense forest with a cloudy background. It is like seeing a beautiful panoramic picture. The small village belongs to the Aldea El Chalum, from the municipality of La Libertad/Huehuetenango, Guatemala. It rose up as an alternative to produce high quality coffee, as a palliative measure before this crisis that the coffee growing is finding itself for many years now.
The land is acquired with the premise of establshing experimental smallholdings with exotic varieties. At the end of the same year in 2014, first different African types of seeds have been brought from Kenia and Ethiopia. With such good luck and the good job of our collaborators in the field, a great amount of seeds germinated and in 2016 the first 1500 plants were planted. The following year we realized a sowing of some Geisha and Laurina plants. Thanks to the gift of two good friends, in 2018 we were able to sow 1000 plants of the variety H1 and 1000 plants for Parainema. It was a donation that we received from a program, which was promoted by Nestle and Volcafé.
We continue with this dream project, with the aim of finding the varieties, which best adapt to the conditions of the place and making our first seedbeds in 2019. We had our first harvest test of African varieties SL28, SL34 and a variety brought from Ethiopia and Geisha, for sowing in 2020.
This is the motivation we have, to satisfy the most demanding tastes of our appreciable consumers of our coffee.
Farm Name: Kape´tenango
Owner: Corporación Maravilla, S.A
In charge: Luis Rosales
Contact: [email protected]
Región: Caserío La Ventana, aldea El Chalum, municipio de La Libertad, departamento de Huehuetenango, Guatemala, C.A.
Location (area): Municipality of La Libertad, Department of Huehuetenango, located NW of Guatemala, on km 331 of the Interamericana road, make a left turn on the place known as El Reposo, about 7 km of off-road drive toward El Injerto and 1st km. Off road gap for double traction vehicles only.
GPS Coordinates: 15° 34’ 26.544’’ N, 91° 57’ 47.3508’’ W.
Height: 1800 to 1900 meters above sea level
Farm Extension: 9.75 hectares
Topography: Semi- broken, wavy
Microclimate (s): cold temperate, little humidity
Average Temperature: 18°-22° C
Type of Ground: Loam, Clay- Loam
Annual Precipitation: 1600 – 1800 mm
Cultivated Varieties: SL28, SL34, Batian, H1, Parainema, Geisha
Process/Locale/Procedure: Traditional, with siphon separators, horizontal breast cylinder pulping machines, fermentation tanks. Clean water from birth used to wash coffee. Open lots to separate and classify coffee. Cement patios used to sun dry coffee, and African beds. Storage warehouse.
Harvest Season: January – April
Production (annual average): 200 quintals. Mature coffee (20,000 pounds)
Natural Forests: Forests of tree species of the region, and Chalum trees can be found within the premises.
Quality Control: Traceability of the harvest from a specific point of maturation, and variety, identifying and separating each day’s harvest. Follow up and monitoring in the process and procedure at the locale from start to finish; from drying, storing, transporting, to delivery.
Datos Peculiares sobresalientes: Kape´tensnho sits on a mountain in the region of El Injerto, with an impressive panoramic multicolored view. It is surrounded by a forest of native trees in the zenith. It also houses a microclimate, which by its special characteristics, grants a complexity of flavors, which gives its unique and special characteristic to the coffee of Kape´tenango.
Awards: Top Ten, in the regional coffee competition Highland Huehue 2020.
|Farmer/Rep.||Corporacion Maravilla, S. A.|
|Auction||Cup of Excellence|
|Aroma/Flavor||Black Cherry, Candy, Herb-Like, Nougat, Red Grape, Toffee, Rhubarb, Winey, Cherry, Black Currants, Grape, Orange, Apricot, Cocoa, Stone Fruits, Jasmine Orange Tea, Molasses, Maple Syrup, Orange|
|Acidity||Lime, Tart, Orange Acidity, Citric, Complex, Green Apple, Malic, Bright , Citric, Orange|
|Other||Sweet, Coating Mouthfeel, Sweet Finish, Round Mouthfeel Well Balanced, Velvety, Silky|
|Variety||SL 34, Batian|
|Farm Size||9.75 hectares|
|Business Address||[email protected]|