Products

1. COFFEE

 

We cultivate the coffee  under a natural shadow of Ingas (chalum, Cuje) Gravilea and natives trees, the coffee variety is Bourbon and Caturra in a area of 85 to 90 acres, such variety are all grafted  naturally and healthy treated in the variety ROBUSTA (canephora) the plants range from 1 to 18 years.

 

The coffee produced under this climate conditions are of great excellence, Hacienda Don Carlos is quite proud of the wonderful results.

 

To maintain the excellence of the coffee and avoid the insect called Broca Hacienda Don Carlos has implemented a strict control (Ethologic) called trampas (tramps).With the supervision of experts from Anacafe (The National and Government consultants).

 

Hacienda Don Carlos is also proud to hire people with great necessities like blindness and deafness, whom had been trained properly by a local institution (pro-Ciegos and sordos) so they can help their families and themselves by feeling useful and proud.

 

 

2. MACADAMIA

 

Hacienda Don Carlos is also producing Macadamia Nuts, we currently have about 18 acres associated with the coffee trees, the  variety of the Macadamia is 508 we use strict rules of grafting to get the best possible results from the older plants, the range of age is from 1 to 14 years, we had developed our own green house  (almacigo) to   produce young trees from seeds, and have about 2000 plants ready to be plant  in 2007.

HACIENDA DON CARLOS

 

JULY 2006

 

MACADAMIA

 

With brown sugar, with salt or chocolate, macademia, the youngest of nuts, has not only found a market in gastronomy , its oil  also has become the Star component in such anti aging creams like Lancôme.

 

The explanation falls on a palmitoleico acid, a triglycerides that is a component of the human skin, and is present in 22 % of the nut of this tree, originated in Australia.

 

Besides its cosmetic properties, Macadamia as well as hazelnut contains more than 40% of oleic acid, a type of fat similar to the one found in olive oil, which helps to diminish cholesterol levels.

 

As if the virtues of its healthy fats weren’t enough as an introduction , Ricardo López Aguirre, of the experimental station Valhalla, points out that unlike other trees used in reforestation, like the pine tree, Macadamia is very effective in extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which can reach 65 cubic feet a day.

 

These ecological properties were part of the motivation for Valhalla to donate in the last seven years 200,000 trees to indigenous communities.

 

Deforestation:

Is related to how quickly corn consumes soil nutrients and the necessity to look for new land to plant, we notice that Macadamia was an alternative that offered a nutritive option, provided  firewood, because each tree has to be grafted each year, and its fruit was well priced in the “stock exchange” says López Aguirre.

 

As a matter of fact, the organic nut can be sold at 500 Quetzal’s el quintal or $66.67 per 100 lbs. However from 100 lbs. Of production only 30 lbs. Will be extracted for commercialization.  This is not the only problem.   Even considering all its health and ecological benefits its best to consume it in moderation, since nuts have between 51 to 73 % of fat.

 

From Australia to the World

 

  1. In its country of origin the natives called it kindal kindal and jindilli.
  2. It was discovered by a botanist Ferdinand Von Muiller in 1,848. It’s commercialization started that same year  (1,848)
  3. The first Macadamia tree is still producing nuts, thus it’s believed that its life can pass 200 years.
  4. 75% of the world production comes from Australia
  5. The US, Australia and Japan are its principal consumers.
  6. Guatemala, where the species was introduced in 1,946 is the “fourth” country to produce it. Most of the local production goes directly to the Hawaiian Market.

 

 

Article produced by Gemma Gil.