Finca Gardenia Paola Merida 08
فينكا جاردينيا باولا ميريدا 08
Paola Merida cultivates this Bourbon and Pacamara lot on her farm, Finca Gardenia. The farm’s 15 hectares are located at 1,900 to 2,100 meters above sea level in Aldea Piache in the Huehuetenango region. The farm is about 45 minutes outside Huehuetenango City.
In addition to the Bourbon and Pacamara in this lot, Paola also cultivates Pache and Marsellesa.
Paola has dedicated a portion of the farm as protected forest area. This land is left uncultivated in order to allow native plants to grow. The native forestland provides a natural habitat for local animals and protects waterways.
Paola and her family selectively handpick ripe, red cherry. Cherry is placed in sealed plastic drums and fermented anaerobically for 48 hours. Following fermentation, cherry is washed in clean water and placed on raised beds to dry. Cherry is turned frequently to ensure even drying. After 10 days, drying is slowed by moving cherry to parabolic dryers, where cherry continues to dry for another 10 to 12 days.