COMING SOON: ROASTER RESERVE

Our Roaster Reserve line was created to share beautifully unique coffees and the stories they tell.

GUATEMALA SERIES

Our first series consists of 12 hand-selected, one-pound bags of Microlot Coffees. New varieties will drop each month from January – June 2022. Pre-order a single month, or subscribe to the entire Guatemala series and receive all 12 of these world-class coffees.

more info coming soon

ROASTER RESERVE

Each coffee comes in a one-pound bag, for a total of two pounds of coffee per order. Roaster Reserve is a limited time offer and will be available only while supplies last. Roaster Reserve orders are roasted monthly, on or near the 22nd of the month.

More info coming soon
WORLD-CLASS COFFEES

The passion and dedication these farmers put into producing these exceptional lots of coffees are the same that we put into roasting them every day. These are truly world-class coffees, roasted with precision in order to let their unique qualities shine through.

SPECIALTY COFFEE

It is estimated that somewhere between 3% and 10% of the coffee grown in the world achieves the designation “specialty coffee.” This is coffee that scores at least 80 out of 100 points according to a grading system used across the coffee industry.

This coffee represents the very best of a coffee harvest: starting with healthy coffee plants, the farmer must then pick the coffee cherries at their optimal ripeness, process them, sort out any defects, carefully dry the beans, and then store them properly for their international journey to the coffee roastery. These are the coffees we roast at Alakef every day.

WORLD CLASS STANDARDS

Yet there is another aspect to a coffee’s quality that cannot be captured by a mere number. Every day around the world, dedicated farmers put in that extra bit of effort to elevate their coffees to a truly world-class standard. In some cases, they are motivated by the hopes of providing a better life for their family. In other cases, their creativity drives them to experiment with new techniques that will unlock previously-unknown flavors. And in some cases, a simple joy in a job well done, pride in their land and their vocation, leads them to create truly exceptional lots of coffee.

ROASTER RESERVE: GUATEMALA SERIES

Photos courtesy of De La Gente Coffee

MEET THE ROASTER

ZACHARY LATIMORE, LICENSED Q GRADER, ROASTER FOR ALAKEF COFFEE ROASTERS

“In 2019 and 2020, I worked with an organization called De La Gente coffee in Guatemala. De La Gente, Spanish for “From the People,” works with several farmer cooperatives around the country to help them sell their coffee at a higher price and in so doing, raise their standard of living.

I was fortunate to forge lasting relationships with many of these farmers, and we worked together to overcome the many obstacles that small farmers in an underdeveloped country like Guatemala face on a daily basis.

At the same time, I was surprised to find that many of these farmers were doing pretty high-level work, farming rare varietals of coffee, experimenting with novel processing techniques, and just flat-out producing coffees that were bursting with fruity flavors, bright acidities, lasting sweetness, and overall, a lot of character.

Unfortunately, it is a common story in coffee producing countries that high-quality coffee goes undiscovered because farmers don’t have access to markets where they can be recognized for their differentiated product.

This is why I’m so pleased to have joined Alakef Coffee Roasters, a company who, for over 30 years, has worked to source responsibly and bring farmers to the forefront of our mission to deliver specialty coffee to consumers like you.  Together, we are proud to present this very special selection of coffees which display a mastery of the art of coffee cultivation and preparation, as well as several experimental lots which will taste unlike any Guatemalan coffee you’ve tried before.

Among these lots are represented three of the best growing regions in Guatemala: Antigua, Atitlan, and Huehuetenango, whose high elevations and volcanic soils contribute to Guatemala’s reputation for stellar coffees.

Several of these coffees are community efforts, and several come from individual farmers. All of the farmers were paid far more than they would have been able to earn in conventional settings.

Most of these coffees are truly one-of-a-kind, as in, I called the farmer and asked him to prepare a tiny amount of this coffee specifically for me. Therefore, you won’t be able to find these coffees anywhere else, and once they sell out, they are gone forever.”

Zachary Latimore, Licensed Q Grader,
Roaster for Alakef Coffee Roasters

coming soon