Due to the location of the coffee plantation, in a valley between La Democracia and San Antonio Huista, they only get 4 – 5 hours of sun per day due to the mountains.
This causes the maturation of the coffee cherries to be extremely slow and even, allowing Petrona Pérez and her pickers to go around the plantation only 3 times during the whole harvest.
Finca Palo Blanco is named after a beautiful local shade tree – Palo Blanco, tall and with a white colored trunk, it has beautiful yellow flowers during the summer.
Petrona now works as a 2nd generation coffee grower with her husband Julián Pérez when her father left her the land.
They have been working her for 15 years with the help and support of their children.
They are from the Mam community, one of the very many in the Huehuetenango area and have been working in agriculture for centuries.