Guatemala is an origin that has given us so much in recent years! 😊
And it just keeps on giving!
It is a country that offers a wide range of coffees coming from the most diverse landscapes and fields.
This year’s Coffee Futures event has reminded us of Marjorie’s first ever project for Belco: Pampojilá and Panamá, both owned by our friend Alex Herrera. Introducing honey and natural processing techniques can be a challenge in itself, but the Atitlán climate is particularly tough which made it even more challenging for him. We created, innovated, cupped and encouraged Alex to consider a specialty coffee market without sacrificing his soul. Marjorie also recommended growing Robusta
at Finca Panamá, which sounded crazy, even comical at the time, and everyone was sceptical at first. But it was not such a stupid idea and rapidly became a reality over the following years. As Alex said, if it is possible, and if there are customers
for such coffees, we must do it.
Our star farmer in Huehuetenango is Renardo and his team at Finca La Bolsa. Their production fell last year due to unanticipated external circumstances, but, surprisingly, coffee quality has improved. The first coffees to wing their way to France
were some “Mayas” and “Mochilitas”, coffees that always deliver in terms of delicacy, balance and cleanliness. As usual, Jacqueline, who is Renardo’s wife and a Q Grader, has chosen a very exclusive coffee selection. This year we were happy
to observe a consistency and intensity of flavour.
One of Renardo’s short-term goals is to transform the Los Encuentros coffee plot into an organic plot. In the past year,
he has therefore invested three times as much effort to make it a reality and obtain organic certification, to eventually grow organic coffee on a larger scale. Last year, Marjorie and Mercedes, the former agronomist at Finca La Bolsa, spent a full week
with our COMSA friends to exchange knowledge and learn more about it.
Mario and Christian are the brains behind one of our “youngest” Guatemala coffees. Although they both descend from families
of coffee producers, they have different personalities and different experiences, and together have created the Truth Trading Company, a business that works under the principle of transparency and that provides economic and sustainable support for several out-growers in the regions of Acatenango and Atitlan.
We have been working a lot with TTC the last couple of years, and quality is improving and becoming more consistent every year. These young men inspire great hope and faith, and we are sure our business relationship has a strong future.
Atitlan, Huehuetenango, Acatenango, Amatitlan
Panama, Pampojila, La libertad, Finca La Bolsa, Monte de Oro,
Alex Herrera, Renardo Ovalle,
Mario Alarcon, Chirstian Starry
MEETING OUR PRODUCERS
Remember to activate the subtitles on youtube!
GUATEMALA - MARIO ALARCON FINCA MONTE DE ORO
GUATEMALA - HUEHUETENANGO - RENARDO OVALLE FINCA LA BOLSA
GUATEMALA - ALEX HERRERA - PAMPOJILA
GUATEMALA - CHRISTIAN STARREY - TRUTH TRADING COMPANY
GUATEMALA - RENARDO OVALLE - VIDES 58 SEASON 2020