What we taste: This coffee evolves from a creamy caramel mouthfeel to a sweeter cup of raw cacao with a pleasant orange acidity and notes of honeydew and cherry.
ORIGIN: Central America
PROCESSING METHOD: Washed
ALTITUDE: 1450 - 1675 meters
VARIETIES: Caturra and Catuai
Located in Acatenango Valley, on the Balam Juyu hill slopes. Monte de Oro is a 5th generation farm owned by the Melendez family. Mario, the current owner’s great grandfather, Fidel Melendez, named the farm Monte de Oro, inferring to the great fertility of the farm ground. Fidel Melendez inherited it to Mario’s grandfather, Ricardo Melendez, who intensified the coffee growing at the farm. In doing so, they introduced new varieties and techniques of coffee growing. At the same time, Mario’s grandfather was dissatisfied about selling his coffee to their Antigua neighbors and so, recognizing the quality of the coffee they were growing, convinced other regional producers to join and founded “Cooperativa Acatenango.”
In 1980, Mario’s grandfather passed away, and so Mario’s mother, Ericka Melendez, took command of the farm administration. Ericka was the first woman in the area who administrated a coffee farm with success, despite the civil war that was raging in Guatemala at that time. In 2008, Ericka and her husband, Mario Rene Alarcón Aguilar turned the farm over to Mario. Mario Ricardo Alarcon Melendez is named after his father and grandfather. Mario majored in Mechanic Industrial Engineering at school, and took it upon himself to design a wet mill which will end the paradigm that is necessary to use a lot of water for the wet mill process. Using machinery of the last generations and with a simple and efficient process, they founded the new wet mill Monte de Oro.
Currently the farm has more than 5 varieties of coffee and 3 different processes, having as a result the wide variety of flavors we have the benefit of enjoying.