Our Coffees Finca La Bolsa

Finca La Bolsa
María Elena Vides de Ovalle

Red plums and muscovado sugar with medium acidity and medium body

Close to the most western border with Mexico and the Pan-American Highway, La Libertad has the high altitude, plentiful rainfall, lush shade and moderate temperatures needed to grow exceptional coffee. Combine the best natural conditions with Caturra and the noble Bourbon variety, exacting skill in picking and processing coffee, and we have one of our favourite coffees from Guatemala. María Elena Vides de Ovalle’s father - Dr. Jorge Vides - started to grow coffee at La Bolsa in 1958 and was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Coffee Grower award from ANACAFE (the Guatemalan national coffee association) in 1984, just as the world was beginning to acknowledge the potential of great specialty coffee. María Elena’s son Renardo Ovalle and the farm agronomist Mercedes manage La Bolsa and now also take care of four anexos (neighbouring properties) to help the extended family. Between them, the four anexos are planted with Catuaí, SL28, San Ramon, Tipicas, Caturra, Catimore and Pacamara. On La Bolsa, Renardo and Mercedes are now planting Geisha and Mocca as well. All of the new plantings are established in mini terraces. La Bolsa and anexos are on steep slopes and susceptible to erosion if water and run-off isn’t well controlled.