In 1846, Domingo Mariani arrived at Puerto Rico from the island of Corsica. He settled in the mountains of Yauco where he established The Hacienda Santa Clara. From The Hacienda he processed coffee that was exported and helped Puerto Rico be recognized worldwide for its coffee.
Shade grown coffee was a common practice in those times. Although many varieties of trees were used to provide shade to the orchard at Santa Clara the most commonly used were the guaba, guamá, palo de pollo and the guaraguao; these were the four shadows (cuatro sombras) of Santa Clara.
By mid-century, Santa Clara had to close its doors like so many puertorican coffee haciendas. Now a young descendant of Don Domingo brings us the coffee Cuatro Sombras from Yauco, Puerto Rico.