GUATEMALA, Petrona Perez, Finca Satchibal, Huehuetenango
Producer: Petrona Perez.
Growing altitude: 1800-2000m above sea level.
Botanical variety: Bourbon, Caturra.
Tasting notes: Syrup, medjool dates, tangerine, orange, blackcurrant flavours.
Roast date: 13 February, 2024
Petrona Perez and her mother manage their small 5 acre farm in the highlands of San Antonio Huista, serving as one of the most effective and powerful examples of a women’s role in coffee.
The farm Finca Satchibal was established in 2002, and after Petrona’s father left to seek work in North America, the mother and daughter team were left to manage the farm themselves. They see to every step of the coffee process, from picking the cherries, to processing and delivering them to the exporters warehouse.
The area they grow the coffee benefits from the dry, hot winds that blow across the border from Mexico, and coupled with very high altitude, they manage to produce some of the most unique tasting coffee of the region.
Petrona’s commitment and drive to improve and learn every aspect of the coffee production process led her to the door of our exporter, and it was then that she delivered a coffee sample and boastfully commented that her coffee was one of the best in the region, which proved correct later when it was cupped at the lab.
Even though their farm is very small, and does not have the luxury of larger mills in the area, they have great pride in what they do, and their meticulous attention to detail serves as an example that with little you too can do great things.
The name Satchibal translates to “the fruit of the tree” and the farm serves as their fruits of their labour and determination not only to produce quality coffee, but also rise up as two independent women.
Coffee production in Guatemala began to develop in the 1850s. Coffee is an important element of Guatamala’s economy. Guatemala was actually Central Americas top producer of coffee for most of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, until being overtaken by Honduras.