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Editor’s note: In researching Crown Jewel information, our team will frequently reach out to producers to gather additional facts or inquire about the particulars of a relationship, processing type, or harvesting scenario. Rarely do responses come along as engaging and far-reaching as the multi-part email installment I received from Alfred Klein, owner of Finca San Carlos near Mexico’s southern border in the state of Chiapas. In his own words below you’ll find the incredible story of his family, his farm, and the persistent challenges of cultivating coffee. 

Read more about Alfred Klein and Finca San Carlos in this three part series.


Origin Information

Finca San Carlos | Alfred Klein
Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra, and Typica
Unión Juárez, Chiapas, Mexico
October – March
1100 – 1350 meters
Clay minerals
Fully washed and dried in the sun

Background Details

Mexico Altura Finca San Carlos is sourced from a family-owned estate located within the municipality Unión Juárez in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.  Finca San Carlos has a rich heritage that dates back to 1896, when Ludwig Hotzen, a German immigrant, first established coffee cultivation on the western slope of Volcán Tacaná, which sits on the international border between Mexico and Guatemala. With some financial support from Royal, Alfredo Klein purchased the farm from the Hotzen family in 2013. Alfredo has worked hard to renovate the farm after leaf rust destroyed nearly 85 percent of production. There is light at the end of the tunnel and some of the advantages on the farm are in full swing; like an abundance of spring water being utilized to ferment coffee for 48 hour and then double washed with a 48 soak before slowly drying the coffee on patios. Finca San Carlos also has a state-of-the-art water purification system and bio-digester to ensure that the water is returned downstream, clean, PH balanced, and oxygenated. Alfred has also maintained the long standing commitment to the Guatemalan migrant works and their families; providing onsite housing, meals, healthcare, and education to offset the hardship of seasonal work in such a remote location.