QUALITY SCORE: 88.00
Tangerine / Caramel / White Grape / Pear
Nestled in the mountains between two highland towns (Jacaltenango and San Antonio Huista) lies Yalan Huihuit’z farm. In the local Popti Mayan language, these words mean “under the great mountain” - and the breathtaking views and ideal coffee-growing climate are part of the splendor of the area. Huehuetenango is one of Guatemala’s three
non-volcanic regions. It is also the highest and the driest region cultivated, which makes it one of the best areas for coffee production.
Since Huehuetenango’s is extremely remote, nearly all producers process their own coffee. Fortunately, the region has abundant rivers and streams, making it relatively easy for producers to set up mills.
Huehue’s geographic conditions help create exceptional coffees with a distinct acidity and fruity flavours. Wiliam is a second generation coffee farmer who began growing coffee on this farm after his father had passed away and left him this land. He's been growing coffee for seven years now.
A young and passionate coffee farmer, Wiliam is aware of the challenges to face and excited about innovating and growing to meet the market. He is constantly thinking about adapting his crop to the changing climate and improving quality in order to sell top specialty lots.
Wiliam is a member of VICAFE, a cooperative of innovative coffee growers based in San Antonio Huista. This group, made up of 25 young coffee farmers in the region, has embraced focus on quality and post-harvest techniques in order to secure good coffee prices for its members. VICAFE, which opened its own coffee shop in 2020, has worked to promote youth and gender equity in coffee so as to open coffee careers to a new generation in Huehuetenango.