Altitude: 1500-1700 masl
Tasting notes: plum, forest berries, chocolate
The coffee that started it all, the coffee that has been in Alexandra’s family for over 150 years! In 1864 - her 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 Alexandra’s 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 (her 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. Alexandra’s great-grandmother Elisa ran the farm until she was 95 years old, and won the first two Cup of Excellence in 2001 and 2002!