Guatemala Finca Los Caballitos
In 2007, brothers Oscar and Christian Schaps set their eyes on purchasing a farm to produce exceptional coffee for the speciality market. The brothers bought 225 hectares, initially planting 45 hectares of Bourbon and the rest as Caturra. For the last 15 years, they have managed their farm following the same mantra as handed down by their father; ‘Farming is based on the symbiotic relationship between man and nature, as farming entrepreneurs, we must ensure that nature is respected for the contribution it provides’.
Finca Los Caballitos overlooks three beautiful lagoons with magnificent views of the Chajul Mountain range to the South and Huehuetenango to the north. The coffee is planted in loose soil, with a high content of clay and sand over a limestone base. The climate in the area is steamy, hot and humid, with around 200 inches of rainfall per year. This means that the farm's rain-drenched hills are also the source for several natural springs in the area. Aligning with the Schaps brothers respect for the land, at least 20% of Finca Los Caballitos is reserved for natural forest and conservation, allowing natural flora & fauna to flourish.
The brothers also help to support and finance local schools, and they work hard to ensure their staff are well looked after so they stay working at the farm.