Finca Agua TibiaRegular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
White Grapes, Caramel, Chocolates
Finca Agua Tibia has been in the Castillo Family since 1886. Originally the large farm, which lies just outside of Guatemala City, was purchased with the aim of providing wood and fuel for one of family’s other industries. At the beginning of the 20th century, wood and coal became replaced by petroleum based fuels, which freed up space on the farm for conversion to other agricultural activities. The first herd of beef cattle were purchased in 1930 and in 1960 the family planted their first coffee plantation. Although the farm ceased to graze cattle in 2005, to this day coffee remains a primary activity of Agua Tibia.
At the time that coffee was first planted on the farm, almost no one in the region had coffee plantations. The area chosen for coffee was, at the time, very small and very experimental. By the 1980s, only around 112 hectares were planted under coffee. It wasn’t until 2012 that the family began truly focusing on coffee production as a serious endeavour. To this date, the coffee farm size has grown to 228 hectares and the plan is for this area to reach 350 hectares by 2020. Other economic activities include agritourism and hosting special events at the farm’s beautiful main house.
The name Finca Agua Tibia predates the Castillo family and to their knowledge has always been the name of the farm. Agua Tibia means Warm Water in Spanish, and with still active volcanoes to the west of the region, it is highly likely that at one point there may have been hot springs in the area.
Agua Tibia’s agricultural calendar begins in May with the planting of seedlings, both in new areas of the farm and to replace old and damaged trees. All seedlings are reared in the farm’s own nursery from specially selected seeds from the previous harvest. In this way, the family is able to assure themselves of the quality of their plants. Seedlings are usually started in the month of June the previous year, so seedlings are almost a full year old and have received the best nourishment possible by the time they are planted out.
Agua Tibia, Guatemala
1500 – 1700 masl