High altitude
&
family farms

the origin story

Guatemala is one of the famous Latin-American coffee countries. From high altitudes, to colonial towns & estates, and a strong presence of Mayan natives. The country has much to offer for specialty lovers. Our first introduction to Guatemala where the leftovers on the cupping table from our friends at Dolce Alchemia who initiated contact with Manolo Murales from finca Las Delicias. We were sold in an instantly. The Murales family from Palencia have generations of growing experience, but always innovate to improve their processes; for example by using micro-organisms their soils, but also experimenting with new varieties and Greenhouse drying. In the same community we have identified other family run farms that combine coffee tradition with the adaption to new methods for producing specialty coffee. 

In Huehuetenango, right on the border with Mexico, we have been able to do the same. A good example is El Zapote that won 2nd place in the 2018 Cup of Excellence, and with his help we can now offer a consistent signature blend of his Catuaí and Bourbon variety in our Classic segment. To work with smallholder farms we  partnered up with De La Gente (“from the people”), an impact focused organization who works on the ground with 5 cooperatives across Guatemala. Their ambition stretches from quality production, to education and even tourism. 

our
partners

las delicias

Las Delicias is the beautiful farm from the Muralles family established in 2012 in the Palencia area, not far from Guatemala City. The area is different from the other “coffee only” regions. There is a larger variety in crops cultivated, giving off a Southern European vibe.

finca el zapote

Finca El Zapote has been a steady contribution to the assortment from The Coffee Quest. Starting out as Seasonal lot and part of our first Guatemalan coffees imported in 2016, and now holds a steady position in our Classic segment, with a consistent cup profile each year.

finca bendición

Our friends at Caffe Dolce Alchemia Coffee Roasters in Amsterdam made initial contact with Manolo Murales from Las Delicias. After the first succesful import from the Las Delicias coffees we discussed a partnership to help us find more similar coffees from the area.

Coffee facts - guatemala

There is a strong native American presence in Guatemala, more than 21 Mayan languages are still spoken today.