|Region||San Pedro Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala|
|Farm||Pedro Xia Escobar, Julio Antonio Matzir, Luis Alberto Sujuy, Julio Xia Cos,|
Juventino Escobar Chit, León René Xia, Carlos Enrique Matzir
|Variety||Caturra, Catuai, & Paca|
|Proc. Method||Fully Washed, Dry Fermentation, Patio Dried|
It’s pretty much impossible to tell the story of how Yepocapa Coffee came to being without talking about Don Pedro Xia Cos. After we recognized that there was an opportunity to connect farmers with roasters, we also understood that it was going to be quality that would ultimately encourage that connection and give smallholder farmers the chance to begin building mutually beneficial relationships with buyers.
Without out knowing the outcome and/or if we’d even be able to buy their coffee, the board of directors hosted a meeting and asked a group of 60 farmers if they’d be interested in separating out their best coffee for this new concept. Don Pedro was the first to stand up and not only agreed to separate out his best that year but he spoke up to encourage other farmers to join as well.
I later asked if I could visit his land and it’s now become an annual ordeal for us. Don Pedro only plants Caturra and Catuai varietals which is somewhat shocking. Many farmers will choose to diversify their plant varietals and/or consider planting higher yielding plants but Don Pedro always felt that cup quality mattered to him. It broke me when I realized that even though he had no ince tive to plant these varietals, he chose to anyways because he ultimately cares about the end consumers.
Since that year, we’ve wanted to separate out his lot as a Micro-Lot and just never got the chance. In 2016 his crop got hit by the winds, in 2017, the volcano gave him a very small harvest, and in 2018, leaf rust sadly took over a large part of his plantation. He decided to renovate his lands that year which finally gave us the chance to separate out this lot for tohe 2019/2020 Harvest.
Separating out lots is a way in which we get to give honor and dignify the farmers as well as their work which is one of the reasons why were were so stoked to see this coffee finally come into being. We hope ya’ll enjoy it and we’d love for you to soe day come and meet Don Pedro and the others behind this lot someday too!