Traditionally, Guatemalan farmers have produced coffee as a means of extra income.
Even with the global rise of specialty coffee consumption, Guatemalan coffee farmers continue to sell their coffee to coyotes at or below market value. The coyotes then combine thousands of farmers’ coffee cherries together for processing—making it impossible to determine who produced what and lowering the total quality of the output. These coffee beans are then sold to major coffee corporations, with little of the profit making it to the producers.
Such a system does not provide a sustainable way of life for farmers. However, our importing partners set out to change this by providing meaningful opportunities for coffee farmers around Guatemala through community and infrastructure investments.
As a result, Guatemalan coffee producers gain the support they need to focus on quality coffee production. And, their coffees are evolving like never before. Still rich with classic nutty and milk chocolate notes, coffees such as La Colmenita are full of exciting flavors like citrus, red berries, toffee, and dried fruits.
Go ahead. Take a sip and see for yourself.