Marina, a member of ASDEFLOR's young producers group is focused on innovative processing methods and pushing the boundaries of coffee quality. This lot reflects Marina's dedication, showing bright pear and dried apricot bouyed by a pleasant note of sweet almond.

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Marina Perez

Specs

Producer     Marina Perez

Region         Todos Santos, Huehuetenango

Varieties     Field Blend

Process       Washed

Altitude       1650-1700 masl

Importer     Shared Source

Story

Marina Perez

Marina is a member of ASDEFLOR’s “café de jóvenes” group, or their young producers group. During a recent visit by our importing Shared Source, the young producers shared their motivation to focus on coffee quality- they’ve seen the higher prices that quality lots can fetch, and some of them have traveled to nearby cities to take cupping courses, and to learn newer ways of processing that can reliably bring out more sweetness in the cups- including experimenting with fermentation times. The group of young producers is also very aware of the effects of climate change on their farms, and they’re interested in managing their farms in ways that protect soil health, encourage shade tree growth, and allow for resilience.

Huehuetenango

Huehuetenango is the highest growing region in Guatemala and is one of only three non-volcanic soil regions in the country. Its clay soils and heavy rainfall make it an ideal environment for high-quality coffee production.

Field Blend

A natural mutation of Bourbon, originally discovered in Brazil in the early 20th century; Caturra derives its name from the Guarani word for “small,” a reference to its diminutive stature that results from a single-gene mutation causing dwarfism. It was this small size- allowing for more trees to be planted closer together- that led to mass selections of Caturra being made by the Instituto Agronomico (IAC) of Sao Paulo State in Campinas in the 1930’s. Caturra then made its way to Guatemala during the 1940’s and then was widely adopted in the 1970’s by the rest of Central America, where it is now one of the most economically important varieties. At high altitudes Caturra has strong quality and yield potential but unfortunately, is quite susceptible to disease.

Bourbon takes its name from Bourbon Island (now La Réunion), where it was introduced by French missionaries who had taken a few coffee seeds from Yemen in the 1700s. Along with Typica, Bourbon accounts for the basis of most of the world's coffee production today which is made up of Bourbon and Typica descendant varieties. Bourbon is known for its high-quality potential, susceptibility to disease and relatively low yields.

Catuaí is the result of a genetic cross between Yellow Caturra and Mundo Novo, made by the Instituto Agrinomico of Sao Paulo, in Brazil. While it was first bred in 1949, it was released in Brazil in 1972. It comes in both red and yellow variations, and there are multiple genetic lines available in Brazil. Some of these lines are known for high output. Generally, Catuaí is known for its good quality potential at high altitudes and small size, which allows for greater planting density. This planting efficiency contributed to the intensification of full sun planting in Central America during the 70's & 80's. Unfortunately, Catuaí is highly susceptible to coffee leaf rust.

 

Washed

After de-pulping the coffee into open ceramic tanks, fermentations are long and cold, between two and three days, and the tanks are covered in thick plastic to ensure a homogenous and clean fermentation. From there, parchment is dried partially on raised beds and finished on patios at
the wet-mill site.

Transparency

Importer

Shared Source - Shared Source exports from Colombia and Guatemala and imports into the US. They are farmgate purchasers, paying in-full directly to producers or their independent associations, upon delivery of parchment, in local currency.

Farmgate Pricing

What's this?

FOB: "Freight on board," usually the price paid to the coffee exporter for coffee ready to ship. This includes price paid to the producer as well as milling, warehousing and transportation costs plus any intermediaries' fees and export costs.

Farmgate: the price paid by the exporter or other buyer to the producer or producer organization.

1,780 Quetzales per quintal (100lbs) - approximately 2.26 USD per lb

Lot Size

Total lot size approximately 513kg. Subtext purchased 210kg.

Relationship Length

This is the first year that Shared Source has worked with Marina, and the first year that Subtext has sourced her coffee.

Quality

Subtext cupping score of 85.75