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Guatemala Ortega Family

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    Guatemala Aguilar Family
    • Country: Guatemala
    • Region: Acatenango, Chimaltenango
    • Farm: Finca El Retiro
    • Altitude: 1,500-1,700 MASL
    • Variety: Bourbon
    • Processing: Washed
    • Roasted for: Espresso & Filter
    Tasting Note: Orange, Maple syrup, and Rooibos Tea
    Roast to Order:
    • Roast: Every Wednesday
    • Dispatch: 1-2 days after roasting
    • Whole bean only
    Recommended Recipes:

    20g:60g, 21-23 seconds, 94°C. (1:3 ratio)

    15g:250g, 3 pulses, 2:30-2:45 minutes, 96-98°C. (1:16.5 ratio) 

    Batch Brew:
    94-96°C. (1:16 ratio)


    Finca El Retiro has been part of the Alburez-Ortega family since 1832. Back then it was only known as La Merced, named after the Mercedarian convent that previously occupied the property. Francisco’s daughter Maria Alburez de Ortega took over the farm and along with husband Manuel Ortega planted corn and black beans, recognising that the farm’s clay-loam soil was excellent at retaining moisture and well-suited to farming activities.

    Coffee was first introduce in 1912, once the couple’s visionary son Carlos Ortega Alburez had taken over operations. Though he began managing the farm at the early age of 16, Carlos had a bright future ahead: he went on to become the town mayor and was responsible for bringing electricity to the whole municipality of San Martín Jilotepeque.

    Ickle Coffee

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