Producer: Armando Benavides Portilla
Farm: Finca Santa Maria
Altitude: 6069 feet
Notes: Vanilla, Apple Pie, Sweet Lime
The growing conditions at Finca Santa Maria and the Nariño region are very unique. Located at over 6000 feet, its long hours of sunlight and hot springs allow the coffee trees to grow in higher, colder altitudes. This leads to a bean we value for its great level of sweetness and acidity. Armando Benavides is focused on innovations they have been implementing on the farm, such as irrigation, traditional processing methods, and the introduction of new varietals.
Finca Santa Maria is one of our favorite Direct Trade partners. During our visits to the farm, we have always been impressed with their level of commitment to sustainability and quality.
On top of the farming initiatives, the thing that impresses us most about this farm are the family values. To Armando, the most important thing is the relationship. He stressed the importance of passing on his passion for coffee farming to his children and the benefits of a strong relationship with us, the buyers. Good management goes well beyond producing great coffee; it is about coming together with enriching experiences, family, and friendship.
Recommended Brewing Parameters
Kalita Wave/Mahlkonig Guatemala Grinder
4.5 (between Drip and Percolater)
Chemex/Mahlkonig Guatemala Grinder
This lightly roasted coffee features a warm vanilla aroma. When brewed it has a round body and citric acidity, with a note of apple pie, and white grape sweetness. The finish is sweet and bright like a sweet lime.