The Coffee Quest Coffee Imports | Guatemala
Coffee, Import, Europe, Green coffee
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Las Delicias, Guatemala

Our friends at Caffe Dolce Alchemia Coffee Roasters in Amsterdam made initial contact with Manolo Murales from Las Delicias. I cupped a cold cup leftover on the cupping table from earlier that afternoon, and was sold in an instant. Their Natural boasted a super clean cup with clear notes of berries, and when I tasted it I knew I wanted to know more. Ordered by Dolce Alchemia, I made contact with Manolo from Las Delicias to organise their Direct-Trade and Manolo told me about their farm. Las Delicias is a new specialty coffee start up, in production for 4 years now. The Murales family has generations of experience in growing coffee, and with this new production start-up they aspire to enter the market as a source for specialty. We’ll do our best to help them in this ambition as good as possible, and make their coffee available to roasters throughout Europe. Las Delicias is located in Palencia, at an altitude of about 2000 meters. Coffee area consists 3 hectares of Catistic. They expanded production last year with 3 hectares of Tekistic and will plant 3 hectares of Pacamara in 2016. Their drying process takes place in a conditioned greenhouse which is cooled down and ventilated for controlled drying. Article: Producer Insight, Organic Coffee Farming in Guatemala During our first visit to Manolo at organic farm Las Delicias March in 2015, we were amazed by their team, setup and dedication. The 2016 crop which consisted of 6 bags Catistic (Fully Washed) arrived in August and was distributed immediately to Las Delicias’ Direct Trade clients in the EU.

Update 2018

This season we are increasing our cooperation with Manolo, next to Natural and Washed coffee from Las Delicias, The Coffee Quest is sourcing coffee from new contacts in Guatemala. Similar to our vertical integration as exporter in Colombia, we are buying parchment directly from farmers and taking the effort to process and ship this to the Netherlands. We were amazed in the versatile cupping profiles we found in the Guatemalan lots. From classic chocolate caramel, to very soft fruity flavours. Check out these lots as they are offered through our Direct! Program first. We are very excited to announce that there will be an origin trip to Guatemala in March. Check the Guatemala origin trip page for more info!