The Vides family has a long history of producing the highest quality coffee in Guatemala for three generations.
Finca Bromelias is owned and operated by Vides58, a family company with six farms in Huehuetenango, export operations and a fully outfitted lab in Guatemala City. The family business is currently managed by Renardo Vides and his mother María Vides, but was founded by her father Jorge Vides.
Jorge Vides was a full time doctor working Monday through Friday and traveling to visit patients throughout the country. Jorge’s passion for medicine later led him to eventually become the Director of the National Hospital of Huehuetenango, which to this day bears his name.
During his medical travels, he found a piece of land amidst the rainforests of Huehuetenango that he purchased in 1958 and became the family’s first farm, Finca La Bolsa. Jorge’s busy medical career always kept Finca La Bolsa as a weekend project. Since the farm was primarily rainforest with no coffee planted, the early days of La Bolsa were difficult, however Jorge began slowly planting Caturra and Bourbon and cultivating the land as his time allowed.
Jorge’s projects did not stop with his medical and coffee passions. In 1980, he founded a small school on Finca La Bolsa that after being authorized by the Ministry of Education was named after him as well. Four years later Anacafé named Jorge Vides, “Distinguished Coffee Grower” due to his contributions to coffee and his community.
Unfortunately Jorge Vides passed away in 1995, however his legacy remains bright. The National Hospital of Huehuetenango and the school on La Bolsa are still in operation, and María and Renardo Vides have grown the coffee business as well. The Vides family has won 2nd place in the Cup of Excellence coffee competition and grown their family business to an amazing six farms, export operations and coffee lab. Under the management of the Vides family and their incredible team, the future of their coffees looks promising.
Juicy, Stone Fruit, Grape
Finca Bromelias is the Vides family’s smallest farm at only eight hectares and this lot is from a small lot separation called Senegal. Grown at the exceedingly high elevation of 1,900 meters above sea level, this unique lot of primarily Caturra and Bourbon with a small amount of San Ramon remind us of the unique flavor profiles that can be found in Huehuetenango. This coffee has flavors of dark plum, yellow peaches, and grape with floral and citric overtones that remind us of the juiciest fruits and honeysuckle flowers.
This coffee was processed in the traditional washed method where perfectly ripe cherries were picked, pulped and fermented before being washed completely clean in the traditional style grading channels.
The coffee was then dried on patio and raised drying beds under parabolic covers to ensure proper and even drying.
La Libertad, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
La Libertad was founded in the beginning of the 20th Century. During this time Manuel Estrada Cabrera was president of the country from 1895 to 1920. He was known as a heavy handed ruler whose largest contribution was the modernization of the country’s industry and transportation systems. However during his reign, access to this modern system was only granted to the American-owned United Fruit Company who many felt had too much influence over the government.
In 1915 the indigenous Mam speaking people of La Libertad--then known as Trapichillo--rose against Manuel Estrada Cabrera winning their freedom from the president. Then, in 1922 with the Gubernativo Agreement, the area was renamed La Libertad (Freedom).
La Libertad borders La Democracia to the north, San Pedro Necta to the east, Ixtahuacan to the southeast, and Cuilcoto the south. It is bordered on the west by Chiapas, Mexico.