The coffee story
Producer: Tulio Lemus and Silvia Lechuga
Farm manager: Barsen Lemus
Location: Palencia town, Guatemala department, near Cerro Tomáz Tepeque and bordering Antigua, Amatitlán and Jalapa
Farm size: 45 hectares
Altitude: 1450 - 1650 m
Average yearly rainfall: 1200 ml
Average temperatures: 15C to 27C
Harvest: January to March (this year it started in December)
Processes: Washed, Honey and Natural
Cultivated varietals: Caturra, Maracaturra, Marsellesa, Anacafé 14.
My family has 2 farms in the town of Palencia, in a mountainous area Northeast of Guatemala city. Palencia is not a well-known coffee producing area because a lot of our beans are sold via Antigua and end up branded as such. Some of the finest "Antigua" coffees come from Palencia. I manage the coffee plantations for my parents Tulio Lemus and Silvia Lechuga. We also grow vegetables, tomatoes, ornamental plants and we have a hydroponics project. My 4 siblings are involved with those.
I find coffee fascinating and really enjoy studying agronomy. A few years back I started an irrigation project and planted rows of coffee trees on a flat plot in the farm looking to introduce some mechanized processes. We can't mechanize picking but could do it with running, for example. Small doses of irrigation allow for a more consistent nutrition, which improves the plants' health and resistance. Shade is extremely important for us. Not only it increases the biodiversity at the farm (we have many species of birds and insects) but it favours the development of the plants.
I learned recently about the Growing Degree-Day (GDD) of plants, a measure that relates temperatures to plant development and inform farmers when the plants will flower, produce fruit and finally reach maturation. GDD is based on the calculation of maximum temperature minus the minimum temperature of the day divided by two minus the base temperature of the plot. It helps us predict when to expect the harvest season in a more scientific and accurate way. For me, it also shows that it is not so much altitude that affects the maturation of coffee but the temperature and that having a shade-grown plantation is like being at higher altitudes!
Young, Entrepreneurial, Innovative, Transparent
The Guat Lab is Mario Alarcon and Christian Starry, two producers and exporters who work side by side with growers in all parts of Guatemala to help them market their coffees. Unlike most exporters, they work as service providers providing 100% price transparency to their partners. The company developed a model with a fixed fee for exporting services and fair prices discussed with (not imposed to) each farmer and direct contact to the final buyer. Chris and Mario managed to make room for a different kind of exporting in Guatemala. More people trade transparently in the country now, a trend they are proud to have pioneered. They work with a number of producers with similar views of coffee: focus on innovation, transparency and a savvy approach to business. Mario is also the owner of Finca El Recuerdo and Finca Monte de Oro in Acatenango whilst Chris owns Finca El Xalúm and La Revuelta in Amatitlán. They are also known as Truth Trading Company or TTCo Exports.Translate
1450m - 1650m
January, 2021 - April, 2021
Average yearly production in bags
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Cupped: April, 2021
|Key flavor notes||
AlgranoHerbal, Dark berries, Stone fruit, Raisin, Dark chocolate
AlgranoPowerful and full bodied, with intense dark chocolate and stone fruit notes, medium- mild acidity and lingering finish.
Once the ordering period ends we will consolidate all coffees in a shared container. During transport, your coffee is fully insured. We will keep you informed about the shipment status.
Upon arrival of the coffee at the warehouse, you can choose between 2 delivery modes:
- Doorstep delivery: We will take care of transport to your roastery. We will provide your coffee fully insured until it is ready for unloading from the truck at your roastery.
- EXW (ex. warehouse) means that we will provide the coffee ready for pick-up at the terminal of the warehouse. You are responsible for organising transport and insurance from the warehouse to your roastery.
Currently, we can deliver coffee anywhere in Europe, except Hungary. For all European buyers, the coffee will be provided custom cleared in any case. Roasters in Switzerland choosing EXW will be responsible for customs clearance.
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