Our family was able to return to Guatemala to visit the coffee farm Finca Jauja, where both our Finca Jauja single origin and our Finca Jauja Yellow Bourbon originate from. Our children were especially excited to see Ricardo Zelaya again, the man in charge of the Guatemalan coffees that we are so lucky to use at Caffe Fantastico. We all visited this farm three years ago and it was very interesting to see the farm develop into an even more productive and healthy farm. When we visited the cherries were fully ripening and the harvest looked lively and plentiful, so many beautiful deep red coffee cherries. Our children were happy to find the yellow bourbon trees with the yellow fruit that is so sweet, delicious and reminds them of apricots. Thanks to Ricardo for his amazing coffee tours and gracious hospitality and the chance to showcase his Guatemalan coffee at Caffe Fantastico.
It has been an amazing 10 days in Colombia visiting coffee farms, cupping many great coffees, and meeting some wonderful people. It is a beautiful country, and it’s people are very hospitable, and really know how to have a good time. Gracias Colombia!
A short while ago I fell in love with a coffee on the cupping table from Bouquete Panama, La Gloria. We were lucky enough to secure the lot and roast it at Fantastico in October. Today the whole family walked into the coffee wonderland of Finca La Gloria, one of the most amazing coffee farms we have ever visited. Norberto Suarez, a third generation coffee producer has been a gracious host taking us so high up in the mountains through his jungle of coffee and sharing with us so much knowledge. Here are a few photos to share with you, lots more to come!
Mexico family coffee tour! Hola, here we are on another fantastic coffee adventure. These photos are from a coffee community and collectives in the mountains outside of Tepic, Mexico. This is the coffee that makes up our exceptional Mexico Malinal Nayarita.
– Kristy Taylor
Today was a big amazing day in Guatemala, our first day here. After a successful day of travel to Antigua we were picked up by our gracious host and coffee farmer, Ricardo. We visited Finca Jauja and Finca
Santa Clara where we were able to see all the sights of a coffee farm and production. Our kids were enthralled with every detail and loved chewing coffee cherries, learning about the wet mill and drying process, and amazing ride to the skybar. To top off the day the volcano erupted!
– Kristy Taylor
Boarding a bus in Puerto Vallarta, we head north into the mountains towards Tepic, the capital of Nayarite state. As our longest standing relationship through specialty coffee, both Derek and I are very excited to be connecting with Jim Kosalas in person, and to experience first-hand the hard work that goes in to producing such beautiful coffee.