We are excited to continue our relationship with the Ortiz Herrera family and offer coffee from another one of their farms: Finca San Jorge.
Finca San Jorge sits just a few miles down the road from Beneficio El Manzano, in the department of Santa Ana, nestled in the Apaneca-Illamatepec mountains. The farm, established in 1880, has been in the family for five generations, and currently produces about 97% Bourbon coffee, with a small additional lot of Pacas.
This past year, the Ortiz Herrera's expanded their farm with the purchase of an additional 10.5 hectares of land. Of that area, they have renovated 4.1 hectares with 20,700 red bourbon trees on a beautiful northeast-facing slope between 1200-1350 MASL. They plan to replenish an additional 6,000 trees over the next year.
The lookout point “El Kiosko,” boasts extraordinary views of Santa Ana City, and the volcanoes of eastern Guatemala. The family has preserved a small area of land at the top of the farm, which includes a creek and a heavily forested lot attracting many species of birds. Finca San Jorge is Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Within the farm, there is a small school where 80 children receive education through sixth grade. The family funded an electrification program for the school. Additionally, Mayita Mendez, one of the 5th generation farm owners, worked closely with the SQ Foundation to secure a $17,000 donation which was used to construct a kitchen, administration office, and adequate restrooms for the staff and students.
View our complete photo gallery of the farm here: FINCA SAN JORGE.