The Genuine Antigua “Café Pulcal” is grown in Hacienda Carmona. The story of this historic gem goes back to the year 1541, when Don Juan de Carmona came to Guatemala with the Spanish conqueror Don Pedro de Alvarado and started cultivating a variety of agricultural products in the farm. In the late 1800s, the Zelaya family acquired the farm and planted Arabica coffee. After many years of hard work and commitment, in 1918, coffee was exported from Guatemala for the first time.
The coffee plantation continues with its original varieties, which are red and yellow Bourbón and Typica. The plantation is located in a unique microclimate and in the highest points of the famous and privileged soils of the Antigua Valley. Café Pulcal is processed and washed in the most traditional manner, using crystal clear spring water of the mountains. Many experts have regarded this coffee among the finest coffee produced anywhere in the world.
Since 1959, Maria Zelaya Aguirre, third generation, manages Hacienda Carmona. With 81 years old, Maria continues to honor the work of her grandfather and father, her devotion to the farm and its people, and her eternal love for coffee.
Location: Antigua, Guatemala . (Proud member of APCA)
Altitud: 1,600 – 2,000 masl.
- · Winner Cup of Excellence 2002
- · Starbucks Special Reserve 2004
- · Winner Cup of Excellence 2006
- · Winner Cup of Excellence 2009
- · Winner Cup of Excellence 2010
- · Winner Cup of Excellence 2011
- · Winner Cup of Excellence 2012
- · Winner Cup of Excellence 2017
|Farm Name||Carmona 2017|
|Farmer/Rep.||Maria del Socorro Ester Zelaya Aguirre|
|Size (30kg boxes)||16|
|Aroma/Flavor||Berries, Soft, Swiss chocolate, Almond, Black tea, Brown sugar, Caramel, Chocolate, Dark chocolate, Green apple, Lemon, Nougat, Orange, Plum, Red apple, Redcurrant, Vanilla.|
|Acidity||Bright, Citric, Grapes, Green apple, Intense, Lemon, Orange, Tartaric.|
|Other||Lingering, Long-lasting, Smooth, Clean, Creamy, Dense, Mouth-expanding, Round, Tea Like, Caramel, Chocolate, Dark chocolate, Sweet, Swiss chocolate.|
|Coffee Growing Area||125|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||1007.02|
|High bidders||Linking Coffee Co., Ltd.|