Meet Our Producer
Finca La Labor located in Zona 18, Ciudad Guatemala, at an altitude of 1,500 masl. It is the last coffee farm in the city and zona 18 is the biggest zone in whole Guatemala, surrounded by more than 40,000 houses.
Meet Francisco Quezada Montenegro
Finca La Labor is owned by Francisco Quezada Montenegro. His family owns the farm for more than 80 years! For “Chespi”, as his friends are calling him, the sustainability of his farms is very important. He invests a big amount of his income in rehabilitation and renovation in order to keep the coffee trees and the whole ecosystem of the farms alive. Finca La Labor is one of his heart projects – due to its unique position, he decided to save this last city coffee farm by changing the biggest amount of the production to speciality coffee.
Producer: Francisco Quezada Montenegro
Location: Zona 18, Ciudad Guatemala, Guatemala
Altitude: 1,500 meters above sea level
Farm size: 70 Hectars
Coffee varietals: Catuai, Bourbon, Red Bourbon & Typica
Process: Fully washed and sun dried on patios.
Post harvesting facilities: Pinalense Eco-System , Cement fermentation tanks with tile inner layer, 1 drum dryer (Guardiolas) and concrete patios. Their system is based on using as less water as possible. During Harvest, they use around 10 cubic meters of water a day
Harvest: January – April
Beside being the last remaining farm in Guatemala City, Finca La Labor locates a wet and a dry mill right on side, which makes it the perfect spot for post harvest experiments. Francisco is very open to try new processes and post harvest methods.