HARVEST 2021, BY
Guatemala has always been a unique origin. Its vast cultivated areas, high altitudes and ancient varieties combined with high yields have positioned it as a benchmark in the coffee industry. Coffee farming is a deeply rooted tradition, underpinned by a rich cultural diversity.
Belco is particularly active in Guatemala. We are constantly looking for new regions and new concepts to develop.
This year we expanded our organic range with a coffee from San Marcos, located on the border with Mexico and near the areas of Huehuetenango and Quetzaltenango. It’s a coffee exported by our partner Truth Trading Company.
There’s also a new organic, fair trade coffee from the Coban region, which is famous for its cardamom production. It’s produced by Fedecovera, a group of over 30,000 mostly indigenous producers with whom we’ve forged a partnership that holds enormous potential for development and cooperation.
Our first container of Quetzalito has just been shipped and should arrive in Le Havre in May.
In addition to these organic coffees, Belco has committed to importing a full container of fully-washed Robusta from the Atitlan region, whose quality surprised us last year. It’s a not-to-be-missed coffee grown at the Panama plantation owned by our friend Alex Herrera, who also produces coffee at the Pampojila plantation.
And to complete our news update, our friends at Truth Trading Company have two new microlots: a Paché variety and a Typica, on top of the coffees from El Xalum and Monte de Oro.
In addition to these new products, we are continuing and strengthening our relationship with our partners at Café de Mi Tierra, who produce and export coffees in the Huehuetenango region for the Maya and La Mochilita brands, coffees from the La Bolsa plantation, as well as Jacqueline’s Gotta Spoon microlots.
And to round off, we wanted to keep our roasters informed of the devastation caused by the tropical storm Eta in the indigenous area of Coban where our new partner, Fedecovera, gets its coffees. The storm swept right through the region of Alta Verapaz, severely damaging local infrastructure and agricultural production. According to Fedecovera’s estimations, 50% of its producers’ crops were lost directly or indirectly by the passage of this storm.
At times like these, we’re immensely proud that we’re able to help bring these coffees to market, while reaffirming our commitment and raising awareness of the many challenges our various partners have faced over the past few months.
Alex Herrera, Pampojila
Renardo Ovalle, Finca La Bolsa
Mario Alarcon, Finca Monte de Oro
Christian Starry, El Xalum