Guatemala Finca Santa Isabel
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Located near the town of San Cristóbal Verapaz, in the cool, rainy reaches of Coban, Guatemala, Finca San Isabel is situated on 300 acres of high, but relatively level, fertile land. Finca San Isabel was first acquired by Luis Valdes II's great-grandfather in 1875, when the land was granted to the Valdes family by Guatemala's President; however, the farm was passed out of the hands of the family when it was inherited by a nephew who sold it to a third party. It took time for the farm to return to the Valdes family, who took charge again in 1960 when Luis Valdes purchased it, bringing it back into the family.
He started the coffee plantation in 1965. Don Luis and his son - also named Luis (nicknamed 'Wicho') - manage the farm as general and agricultural manager. Now Luis IV (5 years old), Wicho's son and Luis' grandchild spends his school holidays at the farm, much as his father did when he was young.
Don Luis and Wicho succeeded transforming the quality of their coffee over the course of the last decade, even succeeding in placing Guatemala's Cup of Excellence twice!
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