Finca Retana y Anexos is located in Valle de Panchoy, Antigua Guatemala ;, at 500 meters (1/4 miles) from central park, on the west side of the city in Sacatapequez, at 1,550 meters (5,050 feet above sea level). The property is divided by the Guacalate river and the average climate is between 3Cº (32 Fahrenheit) on the coolest phase of rainy season and 28Cº (83 Fahrenheit) on the hottest days of summer. The soil is from volcanic origin, and it is called francos arenosos sandy ground, the rainy season begins during May and finish on September; the annual average rainfall is of 90mm approximately (32 inches). Retana y Anexos, was bought from Grace y Compania, Central America on June 13th, 1932; since then its been a family property. Previously, the property was owned by the families Aguirre and Paul. Originally, it was owned by an order of friars, whose principal representative was father Retana, that is where its name comes from. In the beginning, the property was sowed to produce rapadura (Guatemala n sweet candy made of sugar), milk cattle and woodlouse. Later on and with the management of the Cofino´s family and the Iowa State College with Dr. Melhus and Mr. William Popenoe, the hybrid corn experimental sown was started. Also, studies of the production of avocado were made, and finally the property was totally planted mainly with coffee. Actually are planted with different coffee varieties 432.43 Acres, especially with Arabica, Yellow Bourbón and Caturra. The annual production is 3,300 quintals of parchment coffee, approximately. Social and environmental responsibility it is important for owners of Retana; on the farm there are a settlement where lives 20 families, whom have electricity and drinkable water facilities; each permanent employee has a sowing and working area of 3.46 acres. Besides, there is a rural school for children of the coffee farm and from the closer village. The property has natural woodland and it has been reforested with a variety of cypress and pine native of the region. The total area that has been reforested is over the 111.20 acres. It also has a small production of citric, especially orange of the Washington variety (Naval Orange) and Persian lemon.ince the beginning of the year 2001, The Asociacion de Productores de Cafe Genuino de Antigua, which we are part of, was founded, and at the moment, we are in process of the Certification of our coffee as genuine from Antiguas origin.
|Farm Name||Retana Y Anexos|
|Farmer/Rep.||Finca Retana Y Anexos, S. A.|
|Size (30kg boxes)||58|
|Aroma/Flavor||jasmine, honey, sugar browning, caramel, floral|
|Coffee Growing Area||-1|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||3787.71|
|High bidders||honuKATOCOFFEE Inc.|