Guatemala is known for its rich colorful Mayan Culture and Spanish colonization. Over 50% of the population is Indigenous Mayans. The diversity in the Mayan culture can be seen and heard throughout Guatemala. Guatemala is famous for its colorful woven textiles that are worn by the indigenous people with each village or group having their unique weave patterns and languages. While Spanish is the official language of Guatemala, there are two dozen indigenous languages with five of the languages recognized as main languages. Visiting Guatemala today serves as a visual lesson in Mayan and Spanish Colonial history.
As diverse as the Guatemalan culture is the Guatemalan coffee with its micro climates and regions separated by the rugged mountains. There are eight distinct growing regions in Guatemala. Coffee is the number one export product and the United States consumes 45% of the Guatemalan coffee. With the country’s high altitudes, rich soil, and excellent cultivation and processing, Guatemalan coffees are known as the jewel of Central American coffees.
Our Guatemala Coffee is grown in the Sierra Madre, east of Lake Atitlan near the city of Putzun in the Chimaltenango department. It is here that fifth generation Dariush Echeverria Zachrisson and his family grow the Santa Rita coffee. The family has been growing coffee since 1876 for five generations on their farm of 940 acres. The family believes in ecological preservation utilizing only 240 of the acres for farming. The majority of the remaining land is left for natural preservation. The farm has been certified OCIA organic since 1996; it is also certified Rainforest Alliance and is a habitat for birds. The farm is one of the oldest farms with the family using generations of knowledge and tradition from cherry selection, fermentation and drying to produce one of the finest quality coffees of the area.