This micro-lot was produced by Maria Elena Vasquez Marquez on her 2-acre farm in the municipality of Santa Elena. Usually, farmers in her community sell their coffee cherries to a middleman and lose the opportunity to get better prices. Despite this, Maria Elena has been able to improve her practices, using lime to control the pH of the soil, fertilizing it with organic compost, and spraying organic fungicides to control the level of rust on the plants. This has improved the quality of her operation, as well as the health of her production. She also processes her coffee with her own mill.
Santa Elena's Catuai, offers a very raw note of pear and apple, with a strong peach and plum note that later slips into a delicate acidity with sweeter and final notes of honey, milk chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar. In the end, this coffee offers a particularly balanced cup, with flavors so harmonious you'd think it was coming from heaven!