The Valenzuela family are members of a producer group that we’ve formed a relationship with in hills surrounding the town of Mataquescuintla, Guatemala.
This is the second harvest that we’ve purchased from them. This lot is from his nephew, Melvin Valenzuela. His farm, El Rabanillo, delivers their cherries to La Concepcion mill for wet processing.
Pablo Adolfo Valenzuela Lima (Fito)’s farms, Fincas Buena Vista, Los Planes, San Francisco, Rabanillo, and El Ebano, were 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 total output of coffee yearly, of which we purchased everything, is around 80x152lb sacks.
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.”