El Rincon is one of the three Vides 58 farms to be managed by the same producer, Renardo Ovalle. Owned initially by Yolanda Molina, Renardo bought the 25-hectare farm from her aunt a few years ago. It is located near La Bolsa, in the heart of La Libertad, at an altitude of between 1,500 and 1,700 metres. It is a site suspended in time that benefits from very good weather conditions, with 1,600 mm of annual rainfall , average temperatures of between 15 and 24 °C and a relative humidity of between 70 and 80%.
The cherries at El Rincon are harvested at maturity then de-pulped before being placed in a fermentation tank for 24 to 48 hours (the duration depends entirely on what the weather is like at that time). The beans then pass through water, where they are graded according to their density and washed at the same time. They are then dried on the patio for about 10 to 16 days.
The coffee is harvested at optimum maturity. Once de-pulped, it is left in a fermentation tank for 24 to 48 hours depending on the climate. It is then washed, sorted by density, and dried on a patio for 10 to 16 days.
Renardo Ovalle is the third generation of his family to produce coffee in the Huehuetenango region in the north of Guatemala. He owns the La Bolsa, El Rincon and Las Terrazas farms. The company was renamed Vides 58 in homage to his grandfather, Jorge Vides, who created the farm. Renardo is supported by his parents and his wife, Jacqueline, who uses her discerning palate and Q Grader training to help define the profiles and characteristics of each of the farm's coffees.
A doctor by profession, Jorge Vides bequeathed a humanist philosophy that still influences the farm's development and the Ovalle family today. They are involved in numerous social projects aimed at improving the living and working conditions of their employees. They have created a day care facility for the workers' children, provide balanced meals and even pay a higher wage than most of the other farms in the country. The human dimension is still a priority concern for the producer.
Renardo has a passion for coffee production that is shared by his employees, and this is felt all the way through to the cup. Today, the Ovalle family is one of the most recognised Guatemalan families in the world of specialty coffee. A reputation helped by the fact that their coffees have won numerous Cup of Excellence awards and are well-positioned among the world's most renowned roasts