Espresso of the Month - La Lia - Piesan, Costa Rica

Espresso of the Month - La Lia - Piesan, Costa Rica

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Guatemala – El Mirador


Producer: José Alberto López Armas

Cultivars: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon

Origin: Huehuetenango

Altitude: 1550-1720masl

Process: pulped & soaked under water for 24hrs, dried on raised beds


Finca El Mirador is located in one of the most remote areas in Huehuetenango. The Lopez family have been growing coffee in this area for almost 40 years.

When they started cultivating coffee there were no roads around this region and they had to transport the coffee on horses and mules for 3 days to get it to the nearest town in order to sell it. 

In the beginning, they did not give the coffee the care and attention it now receives. It was seen as a crop, and with the passage of time, it became a passion for the new generation. In the 1990’s Huehuetenango started to become a region of interest to specialty coffee buyers for the high acidity and complex cup profile. In 1999, Finca El Mirador won an award for their premium quality and it was this event that motivated them to strive for better agricultural practices and wet milling techniques. With better pruning, fertilization, shade management, they continue learning and implementing new techniques. 

To this day they continue to be pioneers in the region and are known for taking extra care both in the fields and post-harvest processing. They have also been experimenting with semi-washed, honey and natural processes. 

Due to the close relationship we have with the Lopez family and the potential we see in this region, we have extended a hand and modernized the wet mill, built new drying patios and constructed raised beds for further processing experiments.