El Guayacán is an eight hectare farm in Nuevos Horizontes, a small, remote community in southeast Ecuador
close to the border with Peru. The climate and land in this region of Ecuador is perfect for cultivating
high-quality coffee. But the story behind the coffee is one of perseverance.
This coffee is brought to us by the Gaona brothers—Camilo (53), Vicente (57), and Iván (49). They are all originally from the Espíndola Canton of the Loja Province but thanks to an economic recession caused by the severe draught of the early 90’s, the brothers made the incredibly tough decision to leave their homes and find a brighter future. They left Espíndola along with their families and seven neighbors and headed east. They crossed the Andes mountain range and arrived in the city of Zuma in the province of Zamora Chinchipe. Here, locals told them to keep heading further east where they would find verdant, uncultivated lands suitable for farming coffee. They continued traveling for another week until they arrived in the remote community of Nuevos Horizontes and settled down with dreams of producing some of the best coffee in the world.
From planting, to harvesting, to processing, Finca El Guayacan is run by the brothers and they now produce some of the best coffee in the world. The micro-climate of Nuevos Horizontes has been key in their consistent production of micro-lots showcasing the vibrant, floral Ecuadoran flavor profile beloved by coffee enthusiasts the world over. This coffee abounds with tons of bright, juicy tangerine citrus notes, a cola-like sweetness with a backbone of chocolate and caramel on the finish. Enjoy!