“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