Finca Maputo is owned and operated by Henry and Verena Gaibor. Henry, a veteran war trauma surgeon, is as precise and committed to coffee as he once was in the emergency room. Henry met Verena Blaser, a war nurse from Switzerland, in Bujumbura, Burundi while they were both volunteering for Doctors Without Borders and United Nations. They continued to work together during conflict in Maputo, Mozambique (1977-1992 Civil War). They have since retired and have dedicated their skills to producing coffee in Henry’s home country of Ecuador. Henry is extremely methodical with his coffee production and is just as dedicated and passionate as he once was with his profession. Verena manages processing to maintain the exemplary coffee quality Henry has cultivated. They are doing everything right when it comes to picking, processing, and drying and have produced some of the best coffees we have tasted.
Henry and Verena produce their coffee in La Perla, Nanegal, located in the up and coming region northwest of the Pichincha Province, close in proximity to Colombia. The area where their farms are located has a very particular microclimate; even though it’s only at 1350 masl, the unique climate produces 88 coffee. Humidity levels are high and mist usually covers the coffee fields in the afternoons. Temperatures at night drop significantly with respect to temperatures during the day.
Maputo is Henry and Verena’s main farm with about five years in production. It is quickly growing year after year.
Notes of lemon-lime, melon, cranberry and green apple with citric and malic acidity, very candy-like.