Region: Central America
Cupping Notes: Cane Sugar, Watermelon, Strawberry, Fig and Aromas of rose, plantain, cherry and honey. Flavors of strawberry rhubarb, sweet brown sugar, peach, cranberry juice, honey, hazelnut. Fruit penetration from Natural processing is mild to medium and balanced. This is an easy drinking Natural with lots of sweet juiciness.
Finca Medina is known for their high quality washed coffee from central Antigua. But in this unusual offering, they have produced a Natural process coffee that was very well done and we thought our customers would enjoy trying it, albeit briefly. Finca Medina is a Rainforest Alliance farm in the central coffee belt of Antigua city in Guatemala. Antigua, in addition to being a beautiful and ancient city, surrounded by volcanoes, is something of an Appellation Zone, with just about 50 farms able to be called genuine Guatemala Antigua. The principal varietals or coffee cultivars in this area are classic Bourbon plus derivatives Caturra and Catuai, harvested between January and mid-March. This particular lot has some Marsellesa varietal, a Bourbon and Timor hybrid well suited to the area.
- Country: Guatemala
- Region: Antigua, genuine and certified
- Farm: Finca Medina
- Altitude: 1,600 meters
- Varietal: Bourbon & Marsellesa
- Processing: Full Natural, dried in the cherry
- Drying: African beds for 28 to 30 days
Farm profile: Finca Medina has been producing coffee since 1842 and today farms about 1000 bags of coffee per year. We visited the farm some years ago and were impressed by a farm wide irrigation system they had installed to remove some of the detrimental variations of weather and, in particular, the off years that are caused by lack of rainfall. The farm ownership has a social and environmental consciousness, among other things providing for their community through school scholarships and materials for children of farm employees as well as donations to a local orphanage which offers care to disabled children.
This plantation is a member of the Rainforest Alliance that awards its seal for thoughtful land use and sustainability. 10% of the farm is dedicated forest, regenerated with native species. An intensive environmental program is being conducted throughout the rest of the farm to identify additional opportunities for environmental care of the land. The farm is fully irrigated. They are a member of APCA, the organization certifying Antigua farm authenticity.