Our story starts not in the USA but in the Guatemalan Highlands where the best coffee in the world grows. Guatemala is home to 8 distinct growing regions. You will find Highland, Highland Volcanic, Coastal and Rain Forest Coffees. With a very consistent temperature year round it is no wonder that Guatemala is known as the "Land of the Eternal Spring".
With roots in both Guatemala and Texas we are a small family owned roaster company based on an Artisan 6lb per batch capacity. It is our desire to bring exceptional fresh roasted coffee from Guatemala to our friends and family. As a merchant mariner for many years I have sought to bring the best coffee available to those among our friends and family with a love for great coffee. At the end of 2015 with a downturn in our industry we made the decision to begin roasting coffee to bring fresh coffee to our friends who deserve and enjoy the best we can offer.
As part of the Guatemalan community we have seen first hand the poverty and ill treatment of the families in Guatemala. With all the craze over "Fair Trade" here in the USA we have witnessed firsthand that most times "Fair Trade" isn't. With that in mind even with a verbal confirmation that the green coffee beans we purchase are "Fair Trade" a percentage of our profits are set aside and each year will be resown into the communities in Guatemala.
Organic is a big deal these days as well. At this point until we can have our beans independently confirmed we will not label our coffees Organic. Even with confirmation from the supplier that they are Organic we do not know if a neighbor was using non organic fertilizers on the day that the wind was blowing across our growers plot while he was spraying.
Thank you for considering Guatefiends Coffee. It is our pleasure to serve you in any way possible.