Yes, let's talk about the estate San Antonio Chicharras.
This estate was set up by Otto Gunther, also locally known as "The Baron." Through generations, he has nurtured and modernized the land to ensure the quality remains at a high consistency. It's currently owned by Edward "Teddy" Esteve, a first-generation coffee grower who quadrupled the harvests by bringing in disease and pest-resistant cultivars.
Beans and flavor profile
With a total farm area of 401 hectares and 450 employees, San Antonio Chicharras has 1,295,800 trees. It specializes in acidic coffee berries with specialty processes as natural, honey, extended, and anaerobic fermentations.
One example of this style of variety is Marsellesa, a coffee plant adapted to medium altitudes, with high acidity; Starmaya is another one, a hybrid from a cross between Marsellesa and an Ethiopian/Sudanese natural mutant, another acidic variety. They also produce Hybrid F1, also a high-yielding plant grown in agroforestry systems. All these beans belong to the Arabica coffee family.
With soil comprised of volcanic minerals and clay, these plants are grown all year round and go through special techniques to give them a refined taste.
About the estate
Since 1898, San Antonio has been involved in the coffee business and has grown and processed superlative beans by coming up with new and innovative methods. They produce some of the finest coffee the world has to offer, and each bean is grown and processed with meticulous attention to detail.
The rainforest-robed Tacaná volcano, close to the estate, gives the soil rich nutrients and lends the beans a unique flavor profile. The surrounding mountains also create a well-suited environment for growing coffee. San Antonio's coffee has a complex and refreshing flavor profile, owing to its uniquely mineral-suffused soil.
Another reason to support this beautiful estate is its participation in ethical and sustainable production. San Antonio Chicharras deep love for coffee and the environment can be attested to awards and certifications, and is owed to the people who make it possible. Their workers, up at 6 am every day, handpick ripe berries. San Antonio also has educational and healthcare initiatives to ensure their happiness and ample opportunities.
The estate has been working to actively reduce the carbon footprint of their farming methods. They take preventive measures such as protecting the rainforest and allowing areas to flourish over time. San Antonio expects to be completely carbon neutral by 2022. Also, San Antonio has preserved a 20-hectare piece of land in its absolute state of wilderness, populated by deer and other wildlife. A healthy water cycle and soil erosion prevention is something they consistently pursue on their mission to become carbon neutral.
Reach out to them if you're looking for a cup of delightful magic :)