Sensory profile: Clean and pleasant
Aroma: Orange blossoms, white chocolate, apple
Taste & Body:Nice balance and sweet, medium body
Note:Almond bisquits, blood orange, milk chocolate
For three generations, the Don Juventino Mirón have enjoyed the breathtaking beauty of Finca El Encanto in Guatemala on a daily basis, while living and working on the farm.
When Don Juventino Mirón bought Finca El Encanto, he thought of cutting down the native trees that covered the land.
Today he tells his children the stories of how he nearly felled trees, never imagining the potential beauty of the farm as it appears today.
In addition to being breathtakingly beautiful, the forest provides ecosystem services, including habitat for local fauna, filtering of water sources, erosion prevention, and more, for the surrounding region.
Don Juventino finds great pleasure in teaching coffee growing techniques to the second and third generation of his family.
The area around Fraijanes, in Guatemala's famous Antigua region, is rugged and mountainous and covered with centuries-old forests. The region was hit hard by coffee leaf rust (CLR) and about 60% of the land under cultivation at Finca El Encanto was infected with CLR during the peak of the outbreak from 2014 to 2016.
A nursery on the farm is currently growing 60,000 coffee seedlings - Catuai and other CLR-resistant varieties, to replace some of the ground effects with CLR. Antigua has historically been Guatemala's best-known coffee-growing region.
The climate and soil are perfect for growing coffee. The soil is volcanic, with frequent eruptions from nearby Volan Fuego adding mineral ash dust from time to time. The humidity is relatively low, but constant.
Finally, the region receives a lot of sunshine all year round but has those cool nights that favor the slow development of cherries, so important for specialty coffee. Antigua farmers can get astronomical prices due to the region's coffee fame.
However, more and more farms are finding it difficult to continue farming, particularly when land in the region is expensive. Antigua is located not far from the capital of Guatemala, which makes it particularly attractive for second homes or even commuters.
Many farms have significantly decreased in size over the past two decades or disappeared altogether, eroded by golf courses and residential complexes.
However, Antigua persists and still produces exquisite coffees along with great blend components.