Finca Pacamaral was purchased by the current owner in 2012. The farm, when acquired, was completely abandoned due to poor management. The farm is located at the top of an extinguished volcano, and has an extension of 120 hectares, of which 100 are planted with coffee trees. Since 2012, almost all coffee trees were chopped. The farm has manly important clean water springs. The previous owner had built many small dams at all creeks, therefore, the farm has water all over. The farm is located east of the town Pueblo Nuevo Viñas, a small town located 56 kilometers to the south east of Guatemala City. From Pueblo Nuevo Viñas, the farm is reached by a 4.2 km steep dirt road which climbs from 1, 200 to 1, 600 meters. Most of the year, 4×4 vehicles are needed to reach the farm. During the rainy season, it becomes an adventure to get to the farm, since one river has to be crossed 5 times, without bridges. Coffee is grown under several native tree species.
There are many paths around the farm, which enable to walk or ride a ATV vehicle all over the farm. In the good times, about 15 years ago, the farm produced 25, 000 qq of cherry coffee. Most of the coffee planted in this farm is pacamara variety and there are some catuaí trees also.
The farm is run by a General Supervisor who lives at the farm. He has 3 foremen, who direct the operations at the field. A coffee farm has work to do all year long. January is devoted to coffee picking and milling, which lasts until the end of March. In February, the seeds for the next year nursery are planted, and they take approximately 45 days to come out the earth (soldiers). This activity is also done at the same time as the picking and processing. The wet mill is located at the neighbor farm EL AMATE, which is also operated by Agropecuaria Aguapica, S. A. It has a capacity of 100 quintals per hour, by two depulpers and one skin remover. The mill has a water recirculating system, in order to reuse the water while depulping.
After several passes, water is stored in a sedimentation pond. All the pulp that comes out of the milling process I used to feed worms, which produce natural fertilizer. In the month of April, whtn the crop is over, several tasks take place, such as new areas preparation, old plants removal, shade trees trimming, coffee plants trimming, chopping the weeds, preparing the new nursery area, selecting soil for bag filling, and planting the newly born plants into the bags. In the months of June and July, nursery plants are transferred to their final destination in the field and fertilized. Also during these months, older coffee trees are fertilized, depending on requirements determined by soil and leave tests. August, September and October are the months with higher precipitation. During these months tasks such as weed chopping, fertilization and maintenance works take place. During the month of November, the mill is prepared to be ready in case the coffee ripens sooner, due to the behavior of the rain from May to October. December is a slow and dry month, and crews are enlisted to start collecting the beans.
A reactivation program consisting of cleaning the very high weeds, chopping almost all coffee plants and rearranging the shade trees was put in place, and lasted for three years. Since then, a yearly amount of 30,000 new coffee trees are replaced. There is still much work to do at housing facilities for the one permanent family that live at the farm, as well as for the seasonal workers. In addition, since water has become a very valuable element, several small dams are being and will be constructed in the creeks, to preserve it. Also, those areas where natural springs daylight are being kept notched, that is with its native trees coverage.
|Farmer/Rep.||Inmobiliaria SMA, S.A.|
|Size (30kg boxes)||33|
|City||Pueblo Nuevo Viñas|
|Aroma/Flavor||vanilla, milk chocolate, jasmine|
|Acidity||lemon, fruit, orange|
|Other||berries, plum, smooth long lasting finish.Body: silky round buttery, smooth|
|Farm Size||119 ha|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||2181|
|High bidders||Wataru & Co., Ltd|