Jorge Velasquez

Finca El Plan

Flavours of rosehip, toffee, red apple
Body     Acidity

Best as black espresso/filter

Jorge Velazquez Mendez owns Finca El Plan, a three hectare farm in Guatemala, where he grows Caturra coffee. It’s grown with some shade cover from other trees, and picked when ripe and de-puled the same day. It’s then fermented with water for 36-48 hours.

His team then washes the coffee about three times to remove all the mucilage, and dries it on shadecloth for three days.

Coffee production in Guatemala first grew in the 1860s, after the decline of the indigo trade. It was in the top five coffee-producing nations until 2011, when it was overtaken by Honduras.

We’ve shared some coffee from the Huehuetenango region previously – including Peña Blanca, Maravilla, and Los Encuentros. It’s a non-volcanic region of Guatemala that’s characterised by its high altitude and predictable climate, and often considered to produce the highest quality coffee in the country.

Ixconlaj is a rural community in the region, where most speak Mam, one of Guatemala’s indigenous languages. Most of the community are subsistence farmers, cultivating crops like corn, plantain, legumes, and coffee such as this. Coffee’s by the far the most labour-intensive of the crops, but also the one with the most potential should it reach the international specialty market.

We think Guatemala’s an origin you’ll see more in specialty, and that’s all down to a new crop of quality-focused farmers like Jorge.


Jorge Velasquez




Ixconlaj, Huehuetenango


1950m above sea level






March 2019





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Map showing location of Guatemala Jorge Velasquez Finca El Plan

What makes up Guatemala Jorge Velasquez Finca El Plan?


Caturra varietal

Caturra is a natural mutation of Bourbon that was originally discovered in Brazil in 1937, considered to be the first naturally occurring mutation ever discovered.

The location

Coffee from Guatemala

Guatemala’s production of coffee first grew in the 1860s on the back of a declining indigo trade, which had previously existed as it’s main export. Up until 2011 Guatemala was in the top 5 highest producing coffees nations in the world, before being overtaken by Honduras.

The Huehuetenango region of Guatemala

A non-volcanic region of Guatemala characterised by high altitude and predictable climate. Often considered to produce the highest quality coffee in Guatemala

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

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