Harvest: February 2021 Country: Guatemala Producer: Ana Ramirez Region: Huehuetenago Process: Washed Variety: Caturra Altitude: 1,500 – 1,600 masl
Ana is a second generation coffee producer and member of the indigenous Popti community. The name of her farm, T’zcoya, refers to the Popti word for the pacaya plant, which produces fruits that are popular in the region as part of a traditional dish. Ana collects and sells the fruit in order to add to her family’s income. These plants don’t just provide food and additional money, but also crucial shade for the coffee trees, helping the cherries to mature slowly and develop outstanding flavors.
Ana’s story is one of resilience and strength. She and her husband ran the farm together, with him providing most of the technical knowledge around growing and processing coffee. When he passed away, she found herself in charge of the family farm, and today she does most of the work herself, learning and managing the operations with a steady hand. Her son also helps with the farm operations and processing the coffee.