Ismar Isabel Martinez
FINCA ISABELITA STORY
Finca Isabelita is a medium-sized farm in the highlands of San Antonio Huista in the northern region of Huehuetenango. This region is known for its fruity profile, a balanced coffee with crisp acidity that is unique to the area. Ismar Isabel Martinez Saénz is the owner, farm manager and innovator who directs all the work of the farm. He inherited the farm from his father when he passed away. Together they have been growing coffee for more than 50 years and work with local cooperatives and Caravela to allocate the harvest.
On the farm he grows different varieties such as Caturra,Bourbon and Pache, a natural mutation of Typica, which is widely grown in Guatemala. The farm is located at 1500 MASN and 85% of the coffees is shade grown. The coffee is processed in his traditional micro-mill, fermented for 18 to 24 hours and dried for 12 or 1 day depending on weather conditions.
Ismar shares that his plan for the future is to continue to manage the farm well and to inherit the farm to his children, who will be responsible for managing the farm and ensuring proper operations during harvest when the time comes.
San Antonio Huista