Finca Filadelfia - Bourbon & Caturra - Washed
Altitude: 1500-1700 masl
Tasting notes: dark chocolate, green apple
Finca Filadelfia is the name of the original Dalton family farm - the first coffee farm in Antigua. It was split into 4 unique farms upon the passing of the third generation of the Dalton family. Coffee that we call Finca Filadelfia is picked from my great uncle's part of farm, representing another 1/4 of the family lot. The farms have been worked together so have same picking, processing, field maintenance.
The Dalton family honours its coffee growing heritage and the farm is currently being operated by the 5th and 6th generations. Coffee represents 214.64 hectares of the entire farm.
The coffee that started it all, the coffee that has been in my family for over 150 years. In 1864 - my great-great-great, grandfather, Manuel Matheu Ariza pioneered coffee farming in Guatemala with his nephew.
The original Finca Filadelfia was first coffee farm in Antigua. It was split into 4 unique farms upon the passing of the third generation of my grandfather and siblings.
Like most farms in Guatemala, Finca Filadelfia originally harvested cochineal. In 1864 the farm transitioned to coffee amidst a country wide recession. Manuel Matheu (my great great great grandfather) initially borrowed the land, where he planted some coffee in 1864.
After his first harvest, he went to London to sell his crop. After returning from London where he achieved great success, he was commissioned by the President of Guatemala to show small farmers how to grow coffee. Thus the Antigua coffee growing region was born.
Eventually, Manuel’s son purchased what is now Finca Filadelfia. Their passion for coffee has been passed down for 6 generations. My great-grandmother Elisa ran the farm until she was 95 years old, and won the first two Cup of Excellence in 2001 and 2002!