Lot 10: El Refugio - Caturra - Washed

Oswaldo Perez y Perez was born in Agua Dulce in 1917. At the age of 16 his father passed away and he and his brothers had to step up to continue the cultivation of sugarcane and panela. In 1940 they founded “EL REFUGIO” and began growing coffee (typica) in an area of approximately 5.6 hectares.


In 1982 Oswaldo Perez y Perez passed away and his three sons, Alfonso, Joel, and Oswaldo Perez Ramirez, took over the management of the farm. They continued growing coffee with new and better techniques that resulted in higher yields, as well as experimenting with new varieties (Caturra, Catuai, and Pacamara).


In 1992 Oswaldo Perez Ramirez purchased the farm from his brothers and the neighboring farm to establish Finca El Refugio, with an area of 105 hectares of coffee and 35 hectares of untouched tropical rainforest.


The farm has its own wet and dry mills, housing for 150 permanent residents and the “Casa Patronal” Mr. Oswaldo’s house.


The name “El Refugio” (The Refuge), is in honor of the people who fled the war of México in the 1850/1860’s, who took refuge crossing the Guatemalan border to not get captured, and finding in those beautiful mountains the perfect REFUGIO.

Coffee and cupping details

Bags: 0
Weight: 392.86 lbs
Score: 86.88
Cupping notes: Lavado
Varietal: Caturra

Farm details

Top Performing Farm: El Refugio
Top Performing Farmer: Adony Perez
Top Performing District: Huehuetenango
Farm Size: 140.0 ha
Farm Elevation: 6,000 ft. above sea level

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