I had the good fortune of going on my first “origin” trip last month with Tom and Aleco in Guatemala. I was of course very excited to learn that I would be joining them on a tour of some of the farms we are working with this year. The three of us have put in tons of hours roasting and cupping Guatemalan farm samples the last few months, so I was really looking forward to finally be able to put faces to many of the farmer’s names I’ve become so familiar with.
a beautiful view from above
We visited some pretty large and amazing farms during our trip, but my favorite days were spent driving through areas that were nothing less than hard to reach. It goes without saying that Guatemala is a beautiful and lush country, and I had the pleasure of traveling along some particularly dramatic landscapes. Small farms perched up on the mountainside with very little road to keep your tires afloat, and the majority of space being air-filled gaps between drastically chiselled cliffs built up over time by massive tectonic activity. That’s my kind of “drama”.
Traversing the mountainside switchbacks in a four-wheel drive, at times it was a dizzying ride for me. Needless to say, we were afforded tremendous vistas at 6000 feet above sea level, and the farms on the other side seemed like a patchwork of various shades of green and brown squaring off on the mountain. Once up close, it becomes clear that these demarcations of color are crops plotted along the mountain terraces that many...