Guatemala Washed SHB Bernabe Calmo

Black cherry yogurt, creamy galaxy chocolate, caramel ice cream
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Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Status Spot
Lot Number P8001412-3
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About This Coffee

Bernabé lives on his farm with his whole family: wife, children and grandchildren. Surrounded by nature, plantations and chickens, the scene is both humble and majestic. He has lived on a farm his entire life, since his family used to cultivate maize, and at that time corn was a very popular crop in the region.

Bernabé learned about agriculture production when he was very young, but when he became an adult he got interested in coffee and decided to cultivate it against his fathers will. He discovered that the location of the farm has
the perfect environment for coffee production (and just not any coffee, but specialty coffee!) While his father never supported coffee production, Bernabé could not be disuaded from his belief that coffee was the future for his farm and he hasn't looked back since.

Origin Guatemala
Subregion Cruz Chiquita, Cruz Quemada, Santa Bárbara, Huehuetenango
Harvest Season 2020/21
Producer Type Single Estate
Farm Name Finca La Vega del Río - Bernabé Calmo
Processing Washed
Growing Altitude 1900m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Pache
Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB FANCY
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 69 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

Santa Bárbara is a municipality in Huehuetenango, to get there is an adventure, the road is at the top of the mountain, the views are amazing with a magical landscape and the people full of color. The region is mainly indigenous, and you can feel the mysticism. The farm is located in a small city in the municipality named Cruz Quemada (Burnt cross), named this way because many years ago, there was a three meter high cross and at that time there were several Mayan rituals made by shamans, in these rituals a lot of fire is involved. In one opportunity they lose control of the fire and the cross end up burned hence the name stuck.

Huehuetenango is both a large department (or state) and the eponymous capital city of that same department. While coffee isn’t grown in the city of Huehuetenango, it is abundant in the high altitude mountains to the west and north of the city. Producers are predominantly smallholders with around 1 hectare of land. In order to buy coffee directly from these smallholder groups we have installed a number or regional micro-warehouses and buying stations. This has both enabled us to receive coffee directly from the small holders and cut the transport & logistics costs for them; all while providing stable market access for these remote communities.

History of Guatemalan Coffee 

Although coffee was brought over from the Caribbean in the mid-18th century by Jesuit priests, it was used primarily as an ornamental plant and garden crop for 100 years in Guatemala. Coffee wasn’t widely traded, however, until commercial production began in the 1850s. The volcanic soil and various micro-climates proved ideal for growing coffee in Guatemala. Coffee, within a generation, became the country’s most important crop. In 1860, Guatemala exported 140,000 pounds of coffee, and just 25 years later, the country was exporting over 40 million pounds. Large numbers of coffee farmers were German immigrants responsible for many inventions and innovations related to coffee milling. Most of Guatemala’s coffee was exported to Germany until the First World War, when exports shifted to the United States. 

  • Status Spot
  • Subregion Cruz Chiquita, Cruz Quemada, Santa Bárbara, Huehuetenango
  • Farm Name Finca La Vega del Río - Bernabé Calmo
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Pache
  • Coffee Grade GTM CA WA SHB FANCY
  • Growing Altitude 1900m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • Origin Guatemala
  • Warehouse Schwarze & Consort.
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001412-3
  • Price Per Kg €7.25