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Phone: +502 5550-0591
Since we began our agricultural activity at Kalibus La Sierra in 1978, our heart has always been invested in the fierce protection of the forest and the environment. Our coffee farm has been integrated in the habitat and is part of it. Far from invading or clearing, our plantation is enclosed in the natural ecosystem of our mountains in Sierra de las Minas.
Kalibus La Sierra is located between San Agustín Acasaguastlán and San Cristóbal Acasaguastlán, El Progreso. It takes approximately three hours drive from Guatemala City to our plantation located in the cloud forest of Sierra de las Minas.
Altitude: From 5,177.16 feet (1,577.99 meters) to 6,561 feet (2,000 meters
Coordinates: 15º 02’ 22.26” N/ 89º 54’ 51.19” W
Rainfall: 1,500 milimeters
Average temperature: 18 to 22° Celsius
Microclimate: Cloud forest
Varieties: Gesha (Geisha), Kalibus a natural cross of Gesha and Catimor, Kenya.
Farm size: 102.66 Hectares
Shade trees: Inga
Harvest: From January to May
Type of drying: African raised beds
Coffee process: Wet mill
The Sierra de las Minas area is a complex mountainous chain formation covering an area of 242,642 hectares (2,426 km2) with an also complex and rich biodiversity and microclimates. Its name is due to its jade, marble and other mineral quarries. In 1990 the Guatemalan government declared a protected biosphere area of 143,000 acres. Several Non Governmental Organizations, both international and Guatemalan participate in its protection and management. It is the habitat for 885 animal species including birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. There are 63 permanent rivers in the reserve. Its spectacular forest includes oaks, pines, pinabete (Guatemalan firs) and many other species, plus fungi, bromeliads, orchids, etc.
Kalibus La Sierra begins its story several years prior to Sierra de las Minas being a reserve, specifically on July 3, 1982. More than a farm it is really a coffee plantation integrated into the habitat and ecosystem. Most of the coffee work is developed in the buffer zone. Kalibus participated actively in the first workshop for the development and management of the newly Sierra de las Minas Reserve promoted by Del Valle University of Guatemala. There is also an area in the farm destined to being inscribed as a private natural reserve. There is a part of the farm located in the core zone of the Sierra de las Minas reserve. Most of the trees planted in the farm are indigenous trees of the area.
Our harvest is selectively picked, its coffee is all washed with pure water from water springs in the property, and then it is processed in the wet mill of the farm. Many workers and their families benefit from the farm jobs. Sustainability and the respect for the ecosystem is strongly stressed in the farm management.