GUATEMALA - Finca El Socorro - Single Origin - 100% Arabica

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  • Country: Guatemala
    Region: Palencia, Guatemala City
    Elevation: 1900 MASL
    Variety: Yellow Bourbon
    Process: Washed
    Tasting notes: Peach, maple syrup, orange

    In April, we met Glasgow-based Javier who originally hails from Guatemala and has been importing coffee for the last few years.  The resulting collaboration is an incredibly high quality, direct trade Guatemalan speciality coffee.

    We're starting with this incredible yellow bourbon from Finca El Socorro in Palencia, which has won the Guatemalan Cup of Excellence 16 times, a result that speaks for itself in terms of quality.

    This consignment is a washed microlot grown between 1550 – 2000 metres above sea level (MASL). Coffee cherries are de-pulped at a super efficient ecological wet mill and dried before the water is recycled and fed back into the forest.

    In this coffee, we tasted notes of peach, maple syrup, orange – perfect for espresso or stove top.


  • Country: Guatemala
    Region: Palencia, Guatemala City
    Elevation: 1900 MASL
    Variety: Yellow Bourbon
    Process: Washed
    Tasting notes: Peach, maple syrup, orange  

    El Socorro farm is located in Palencia, municipality of Guatemala department, 50 kilometers away from Guatemala city. The farm used to be part of Hacienda San Guayaba, property of Antonio López Colom in 1905.  After he died, it was inherited to the youngest son Julio Colom Gómez Carillo, who sold it.  For many years it was owned by different people until 1968, when Dr. Mario de la Cerda and his wife Maria Colom de la Cerda bought it back to the family.

    In 1980, his son Juan de la Cerda Colom began to plant coffee. This is the fourth generation of owners.  Juan de la Cerda and his son Juan Diego are now in charge of producing one of the best coffees of Guatemala.  El Socorro´s success is the result of a strict quality control throughout the whole process, from the management of the plantation to the picking and the wet milling.

    The farm has an efficient ecological wet mill. It depulps coffee cherries dry and recycles the water in the process. Then, the water is treated with clean production techniques, before allowing it back into the forest.

    Finca El Socorro is one of the three farms owned by Juan Diego de la Cerda. Juan Diego is experimenting with different varieties such as Java, Red and Yellow Bourbon, Yellow Caturra, Maracaturra, Pacamara, Purpuracea, and Geisha. The Maracaturra variety is originally from Nicaragua and a cross of Maragogype and Caturra. It was initially planted in Guatemala as an experiment against leaf rust. In 2007 and 2020 Diego got awarded first place in Cup of Excellence, 2021 the second place.

    60% of his land is covered with natural forests. Coffee cultivation only makes up 25% of his land. The rest is covered with cows and flower plantations. All coffee trees are natural shade trees that have been on the farm prior. Each Parcel has a sign with information about age, varieties, size, etc.

This year we won a Great Taste Award and are a National Finalist in the Rural Business Awards

Rinaldo's is so much more than speciality coffee and fine tea. We offer all manner equipment and training solutions. The sourcing of our materials and products is ethical and fully traceable. Our packaging is 100% plastic and foil-free. We love what we do. We're highly skilled, yet always eager to learn more from you. We have so much fun at work. How cool is that?