Fito Valenzuela is a member of a producer group that we’ve formed a relationship with in hills surrounding the town of Mataquescuintla, Guatemala.
This past March we travelled to visit and meet with the coffee producing families in this region who are fighting (peacefully) to have the right to clean water, personal safety, and most importantly, stability.
Together, we committed, with the help of our mates Shared Source Coffee Agency, to purchase a large portion (almost all) of the production from this group, which was not large due several factors.
Through this adversity, the coffees are delicious and speak for themselves.
Pablo Adolfo Valenzuela Lima (Fito)’s farm, Finca Buena Vista was first planted with coffee in 1935, at an altitude of 1850m. He is still using the varieties planted then, which consist of Bourbon and Typica (Pache San Ramon, and Pache Colis).
His dedication to his community is simple and we’ll leave it to him to explain:
“Our family has been dedicated to the care and protection of the environment. For 8 years we have opposed mega projects specifically mining. We do it because we are aware of the damage that these projects cause. Due to the fact that we are against mining, our family has been criminalized, repressed and imprisoned. Today more than ever we are aware of the protection of Mother Earth, our objectives are: to continue protecting flora, fauna and nature, to continue producing extraordinary coffee.”