About Us

About our farm

San Jose Ocaña has been in the family for over 100 years, and has always been a sustainable agricultural operation, which started mainly as a forestry farm management.

Our farm is located in San Juan Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. It has a total of 175 hectares, 85 hectares for coffee and the rest for forestry and conservation. The altitude ranges from 1905 to 1955 meters above sea level. Its average rainfall is 1400 millimeters a year. For shade we use mostly Grevillea or Silk Oak and native species.

 
 

Technology and Sustainability

We have a highly technified, and yet, very conservative management approach towards the plantation. We use advance tools to monitor and control plant wellness, while at the same time, we purposefully implement strategies to avoid plant stress, such as well managed shade trees, work with native tree species, always focusing on making biodiversity a priority.

Our farm does not have abundance of water. We depend on 2 small springs, so we are very conscious about it. We recycle about 75% to 80% of depulping water. At disposal, we then let it sit for a while to let all organic matter to decant, and then we use the water on cutting grass pastures to feed cattle, which only purpose is to produce manure. After collecting it (manure), we use it at the earthworm compost installations, and then we apply it to the soil for coffee plants as organic fertilizer.

At the wet mill, we are also very careful, and pay special attention to the fermentation tanks, in order to reach a perfect point. As the coffee gets washed again with recycled water, only a small amount of fresh water is used on the final wash, before going to the sun drying patios.

Once at the patios, we slowly dry the parchment, carefully monitoring surface temperatures, covering it with shade cloth when the sun gets too strong. This prevents scourging, achieving a very nice quality in the cup, with a wide array of flavors and notes.

Hence, we like to think our farm is under a true and most faithful meaning of the sustainable concept.

 

Caring for the earth and people is reflected in the quality of the coffee

Our long time collaborators that not only know their work well, but also in a detailed manner, are constantly being trained, equipped, which has led to a long and reliable mutual relationship. By us managing the farm consciously, and responsibly, employees know their jobs are secured, and their families will be sustained. Year on, they have known that farm will always welcome them, whether with permanent or temporary work.

Taking care of the land and the people, turns in a higher quality in all our coffee.

Shading

Coffee in San José Ocaña is grown under managed and pruned shade trees – gravillea, and some native tree species, like oaks, cypress, and native pine species. We believe in not over stressing the cultivars, caused by being under complete sunlight. This allows plants to live longer in better shape, and yield nicer cup, by allowing nutrients to be absorbed in less stressing conditions.

Fertilization

Fertilization is done in an almost organic-like fashion, on a nutrient need basis, derived from both, soil, and tissue yearly analysis. When possible and available, we use naturally sourced fertilizers, instead of chemically produced. We use the pulp from the wet mill´s process (by-product) for compost. After that, it is added to the producing plants, as an organic fertilizer.

Soil Management

We think about the soil in terms of long-term stability and sutainability. We carefully monitor its Ph, and its nutrient conductivity, making amendments where and when it is needed, according to the ANACAFE guidelines.

Waste Disposal

We have installed garbage containers all over the farm, throughout all internal roads, so our collaborators can dispose it appropriately. After collecting it, we periodically take it to recycling centers in the nearest town.

Our water supply is from natural springs, at a limited supply. We take much care of it. At the wet mill, we continuously recycle about 75% of it.

The benefit is that it allows to have a very rich fermenting bacteria water solution at the mill, that will give our batches great flavor notes and attributes. This also has the effect of shortening the fermenting process.

The water amount that gets renewed daily while the harvesting season, is then placed to rest at oxidizing and decanting reservoirs. After a few days, is then brought by gravity in a pipeline to irrigate cutting pastures that are fed to a small herd of cattle.

The manure it yields is used for compost, which is then fed to earthworms, which product is used on both, the seedlings at the nurseries, and at the plantation.