Finca El Pilar is located not far from the city of Antigua, in the region of Sacatepéquez. Juan Carlos Chen owns the estate, which was given to him by his father-in-law. He is committed to increasing the quality and quantity of the coffee they produce, and has been renovating the estate for the last five years.
Finca El Pilar also focuses on conservation. They have 470 acres of preserved forest: a private nature reserve. They have opened part of the property for ecological hikes and bird watching–especially hummingbirds. In addition, they have kept some coffee trees on the plantation which are over sixty years old, although their height makes them hard to harvest. They do not use any herbicides on their crops.
In the cup this is a beautiful washed bean, with sweet flavors of cream and vanilla, and a lingering caramel finish. The care taken in production shows in the cup. Delicious.