Producer: Henry Elias
Farm name: Mercedes El Miralago
Region: Fraijanes Plateau
Producer Henry Elilas is owner and farmer of Finca Mercedes El Miralago, located in the high altitude region of Fraijanes Plateau, Guateamala. Henry is a second generation farmer and earned his role as head of the family farm when he graduated college as an Agronomist 10 years ago. Henry planted this improved bourbon 7 years ago in efforts to recover from a hard hit of disease (rust on plants) that had destroyed the farm. The improved bourbon was a shorter plant that is more resistant to harmful diseases and could produced a more consistent yield.
Henry also produces a mix of Catuai and Tekisic on the Miralago farm. This improved bourbon coffee was washed at the local wet mil 2km down his road. Henry’s main goal is to improve the qualities and tastes in his coffees and has been doing so by producing honey proceed coffees on his own. Henry also produces organic Avocados on one his section of his farm in order maintain afloat during the hardships of the coffee market. He currently ships his Avocados to Canada but plans to be Global G.A.P certified by 2020 and ship to the European market. Overall, Henry prides himself in being an independent producer and is working to move towards and all natural organic farming practices to continue improving quality.