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Urrutita’s Estates date 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 on what is now Finca El Ingenio. As time passed the farm grew and the family worked hard to improve the quality year after year. Exporting as part of a cooperative until 2001, 2002 saw them managing exports for themselves. They now own three farms, El Ingenio, San Ernesto and Las Canoas, as well as a separate beneficio for wet and dry milling in nearby Atiquizaya. This handles all of their own output, with around 30% of the capacity for neighbouring farms.
Currently in the sixth generation Enrique, Rene, and Gustavo run the Estate, with their father Gustavo still involved as an advisor, giving them the benefit of his experience. Over the years, they have placed in the finals for Cup of Excellence 7 times, as well as gaining accolades from trade bodies and national associations such as Exporter of the Year in 2015 and landing in the top 5 in 2017. We have been buying from them for over 10 years.
All the Urrutias Estate coffees are 100% shade grown and native trees are planted every year and to prevent erosion. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the farm is unsurprisingly Rainforest Alliance certified and is home to many resident and migratory birds. Specifically, they are home to 24 different species of mammals, 259 species of insects and over 120 species of migratory birds. In total, they have over 100 manzanas (approx. 170 acres) of natural forest, which is about 20-30% of the El Ingenio farm.
They also produce coffee under Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO) certification, a system that recognises the history of the product, people and the land and acknowledges the unique profile that these attributes create.