Irene is an exemplary woman and coffee farmer who now runs Finca Talquezalar after her husband Alfonso Rodriguez passed away in 2020. Talquezalar in the Nahuatl language means sweet grass, a type of grass that thrives in a tropical climate. The farm has been productive for over 40 years, first in the hands of her father in law. Before taking over, she used to say to Alfonso “why don’t we sell the farm? It only generates losses.” . Over time her feeling about the farm has changed and now, she cannot even think about the idea of selling the land. For thirteen years, she worked alongside her husband, and as the new farm manager, she proudly continues to produce some of the finest coffees from the region, with her daughters Tamara and Paola. What motivates Irene now to continue growing specialty coffee is the desire to build a legacy for her daughters, to create jobs and better incomes for farmworkers and nearby communities, and of course to enjoy the delicious coffee you have grown yourself.
This is a great example of a natural coffee that has just the right amount of fruity notes. It has a good amount of sweetness and a syrupy body to balance the cup so there’s it’s not overpowering and you still can enjoy the layers of interesting flavours (it reminds me of Rum at Raisin among other flavours). The sweetness and balance of this coffee as well as its solubility makes it suitable for any brewing method and it’s also great with milk.