Taste Profile: Milk Chocolate, candy caramel apple
Farm Name: Los Santos
Altitude: (MASL) 2000
Harvest Season: January - April
Varieties: Bourbon, Caturra, Pache, Catuai
—ABOUT LOS SANTOS
San José Poaquil is located to the northwest of Antigua and Guatemala City. It is mainly an indigenous population, where the inhabitants speak the Kaqchikel dialect, and is thus composed mainly of small coffee producers. Los Santos is the name of a blend of coffees coming from farms in Chimaltenango, where the cherries are processed. This coffee is sold to Bella Vista from two “middlemen”” who buy cherries and pulped cherries from the smallholders of San José Poaquil. These individuals have been working with Bella Vista for some time and thus understand the quality expectations of the mill. Bella Vista handles the sorting and packaging of Los Santos coffee.
Hopefully as the project develops, it will become an established brand like Hunapu and it will be easier to get in touch with and connect with the individual producers involved. We believe this will be the case and are happy to be supporting it in its early stages.
—ABOUT BELLA VISTA MILL & ZELCAFÉ Luis Pedro Zelaya Zamora (LPZZ) is the fourth generation in his family to be working in the coffee business. The Zelaya family’s first farm was Carmona, followed by Bella Vista, which where the wet, dry mill facilities, and Zelcafé staff offices are currently located. For many years, the family’s business focus was on commercial coffee production and export, but in 2000 LPZZ began developing and changing Zelcafé’s focus to specialty coffee and micro-lots, with the support of some early clients. Over time Zelcafé has been able to successfully transition the business into solely focusing on specialty coffee. For the Zelaya family, their coffee endeavors are not only about business; their aim is to provide a good basis for generations of their family and community to come. With this in mind, they are constantly looking for ways to provide jobs to as many families in their communities as possible, as well as supplying the best quality coffee possible to their clients.