In August 2001, after a long search for land, the family Semblantes Valdez decided to buy the hacienda Santa Rosa de Intag. They were attracted by its water sources, the exuberance of the vegetation, the beauty of the landscape, the river, the green valley in the middle of the mountains, the climate; and because of the quality of the people of the community.
In the early years, Galo, the father, dedicated himself to raising livestock and breeding Arabian horses. However, in his walks through his land, the presence of wild coffee bushes caught his attention. Galo’s son, Galo Andrés, returned from his studies abroad and the family decided to focus in coffee growing. A trip to Guatemala and a visit to the Finca Filadelfia with 100 hectares of coffee intensified their interest. Additionally, their hacienda was at the precise height to produce excellent quality coffee with an exquisite aroma.
In 2014, as a trial, the first 1,200 coffee plants were planted on a hillside covered with tropical cedars. They continued with another 4,000 in an esplanade next to the Río Toabunche. By 2017, 17,500 plants had been planted (10,000 of Caturra and 7,500 of Typica). Parallel to this, and because of the need for shade, plantain tress, cedars, alders –among others- were interspersed. From the outset, respect for nature and the use of local labor force were the mystique that accompanied both planting and harvesting.
The careful and painstaking cultivation, and delicate and selective handpicking cherries- one by one - by his people, resulted in a quality coffee. Soon a true passion developed in their family. Galo took care of cultivation, his son Felipe roasted coffee with science, art, experimentation and tasting. The outcome of this long journey is a coffee with superior characteristics, like everything one does with care and respect.