Jesus Guzman, Producer
Pacas. Grown at 1730 masl.
We were lucky enough to be at Beneficio San Vicente a few years back when Jesus Guzman made her first delivery to the mill for quality analysis. She has been working with commercial grade coffee since 2011, and as a clothing inspector in San Pedro Sula. With the money from her inspection job, she decided to buy a high elevation plot of land with the hopes of increasing her household income through the production of specialty coffee.
The results on the cupping table have been astounding. Her first exportable harvest produced about three bags, and she is now capable of producing about ten 69kg bags. She commutes on foot one hour each way to get to her small pacas plantation, and delivers ripe cherry to her brother-in-law's wet mill in El Cedral for depulping.
On our first visit to the farm with Jesus, she suggested that we market the coffee as "Las Mariposas
" in honor of the tiny white butterflies that float all around the coffee trees. We were happy to oblige this notion, as it captures some of the magic of hiking up to the farm with Jesus and her daughter. After passing through a small woods, one emerges to the sight of a lush, green expanse surrounded by coffee mountains on all sides. It is a peaceful place, and we look forward to seeing it grow. Travel Notes:
We started the next day off with coffee at Benjamin's cafe, El Dorao, which looks just like any specialty shop you could find in New York. It even has a small 5 Kilo roaster in the corner where Benjamin roasts coffee from his own farm to serve in the shop. After some espressos, V60s and food, we headed off to meet Jesus Guzman, the incredible woman responsible for the magnificent Las Mariposas. After a rather perilous drive up some narrow, winding dirt roads that all seemed to lie next to a deadly drop should you slip off the edge.......we met with Jesus. She showed us her brother-in-law's small washing station and the drying beds that he lets her use, and then we set off to see the farm. We drove part of the way and then hiked up the rest of what felt like a never-ending 70 degree incline. What we saw at the top, though, was worth every step. The path opened up to a seemingly endless view of foggy topped mountains all rolling down to a peaceful lake. In the middle of all that, on a small, flat valley lies Las Mariposas. True to it's name, almost magically so, there are tiny white butterflies flitting around the coffee trees. We walked around the farm for a bit and talked with Jesus about how this harvest had been going. Right now she is trying to focus on keeping the trees healthy and doing what she can to improve her cup scores as well as saving up to build her own washing station and drying beds. We said our goodbyes and headed back to the San Vicente mill.
-Chris, Head Roaster
12oz of whole beans. Our premium coffee beans are roasted daily at our Greenpoint, Brooklyn roastery. We ship only whole bean coffee and do not grind the beans prior to shipping. Coffee is packaged in sealed compostable valve bags made from 100% renewable resources. We roast to order!