El Ingenio dates back to 1875 when Mr. Juan Urrutia planted the first coffee trees at high altitude in volcanic soil and the first crop of 27 bags was produced. Present day sees sixth-generation Enrique, Rene and Gustavo running the farm, with their father Gustavo still involved as an advisor.
All the coffee is Shade grown and native trees are planted every year to prevent erosion and provide the sun protection. This careful land husbandry and the addition of 40 acres of natural forest has resulted in the farm being awarded rainforest alliance certification as part of a wider UNESCO Biosphere reserve.
Over the years, they have placed in the finals for Cup of Excellence 7 times, this is some achievement by any measure, but still the farm remains many times the bridesmaid and never the Bride…Maybe 20121?
Milk chocolate and Praline on the mid palate with a honeyed cinnamon finish.