Los Suspiros is the work and dedication of two best friends - Fredy and Axel. They grew up together in rural HueHue; when Fredy went to university, Axel started working on his grandfather’s farm.
Fredy eventually returned to work on his father’s farm and the old friends soon became coffee compadres, sharing dreams and making plans …
After persuading their families to gift them a small plot of land, they got to work. Axel grows and harvests the coffee, Fredy processes the cherries. The results showcase the best of HueHuetenango - our favourite coffee growing region of Guatemala. We hope you enjoy this coffee as much as we do.
Tangerine, caramel, chocolate notes with a long finish.
‘HueHue’ is an area we know well and somewhere our Guatemalan import partners operate in extensively.
Because of the slightly cooler weather the coffees here take a little longer to ripen but are all the better for it - more sweetness and complexity in your coffee!
Huehuetenango is often referred to as “Huehue.”
Pronunciation guide: The “Hue” is pronounced like the “whe” in where. “Whe-whe”
With altitudes over 2,000 meters, Huehue is the highest and driest region of Guatemala. It is only one of three regions without volcanic soil. Historically, it has been one of the more remote areas of the country and accessibility has been challenging. In the past, many farmers have used oxen or have carried their coffees on their back. Huehuetenango enjoys easy access to water sources, enabling many producers to process their own coffee.
Guatemala is a country that has 12 different Mayan dialects and in many towns, people don’t speak Spanish. The challenges in working with smaller groups is sometimes the language barrier which is what is found. Also many small villages still have a bit of a self-policing system and don’t permit strangers into their towns/properties. Many of our introductions into Huehuetenango have been through introductions through our network.
You can also read our blog post on Guatemala here ...