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La Cumbre

La Cumbre from the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala is an especially tasty coffee, bursting with citrus flavor and milk chocolate. Rosendo Domingo produces this spectacular lot on his family farm, where everyone pitches in to help with different aspects of the harvest and processing. Rosendo, who is a trained agronomist, is adept at caring for the land and utilizes natural farming processes including composting coffee cherries and planting native shade trees on his farm. This coffee was imported through Primavera Green Coffee, which won the 2023 Specialty Coffee Association Sustainability Award for having a sustainable business model.

This coffee is full of rich, toffee sweetness with juicy orange notes. Depending on how it is brewed, you can uncover delicate jasmine or nutty, milk chocolate flavors (and often both!). We really like brewing this in filter methods to highlight the big, citrusy orange notes. To get more chocolate and cashew flavor, try this coffee in an immersion method like a French Press. Any way it is brewed, this coffee is one of the sweetest we have offered in recent memory!

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Sustainability Benchmarks

The following coffee benchmarks have been collected with the help of our importing partners and farmers. Firelight Coffee uses this information to understand and verify the sustainability of each coffee prior to purchase. All information was freely shared by our importing partners and/or the coffee farmer or producer. Sustainability scores were determined by Firelight Coffee based on an evolving set of internal scoring methods and are subject to change. Click to expand each section below the graph for more details.

Organic Farming
Is the coffee certified organic? No
Has soil analysis been done to determine the optimal fertilizer need? Yes
Is the appropriate amount of fertilizer used on the farm? Yes
Has the use of most synthetic fertilizer been reduced on the farm? No
Has the amount of herbicides, specifically Glyphosat, and pesticides been reduced to no more than once per year? Yes
Is any water treatment done for the water used to process the coffee? Yes
Regenerative Farming
Does the farm have at least 30 shade trees per hectare? Yes
Does the farm have at least 50 shade trees of 3+ types per hectare? Yes, types of trees include Gravilea, Chalun, and variousruit trees interspersed throughout the farm.
Is there adequate soil coverage on the farm to promote soil protection? Yes
Has irrigation been limited, only being done on top of covered soil? Yes
Has the use of Chloride been limited? Yes
Has the use of Chloride been stopped completely? Yes
Is there increasing biodiversity in plant and animal life on the farm? Yes, with more increase yearly.
Is there succession based biomass present on the farm (e.g. grass cover crops, pioneer trees, climax trees)? No
Are all defensive and fertilizing inputs used natural and regenerative? No
Is waste properly disposed of on the farm? Yes, the pulped fruit is composted to be used as organic fertilizer rich in nitrogen.
Does the importer have a plan to seek increased environmental efforts at the farm level? No
Environmentally Conscious Transport
How far was this coffee transported via container ship? This coffee’s journey is relatively short. 413 nautical miles from Puerto
Barrios to Houston.
How far was this coffee transported via land/truck? From San Antonio Huista, Huehuetenango to the importer’s dry mill in Santa Rosa
(outside Guatemala City) about 230 miles, and then from the mill to the port,
about 220 miles. From the port to Dupuy Houston, just a few miles. From
Dupuy Houston warehouse to Firelight Coffee: 801 miles approx.
Buying Strategy
Is the coffee price set according to the C-Market? The coffee price is calculated based on quality, as well as an assessment of changes to the cost of production. Every year the importer analyzes producer feedback about the cost of production for the region. If costs are climbing, they take this into account as well as the coffee quality and the size of the producer’s land. From there, they set the price, with the goal of ensuring that the work is economically sustainable. If the quality is good, then they give premiums based on the score, since
they want to be competitive as a buyer and reward the work that goes into producing high quality coffee.
Does the importer pay producers directly or through a cooperative or other third party? Directly
What is the FOB Price? $3.15 USD
Fair Price for Labor
Is the FOB price in line with the Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide? No
Does farmgate (amount paid to the farmer) cover the cost of production? Yes
Does farmgate provide a living wage above cost of production? Yes
Working Conditions
Is the farm fair trade certified? No
Do you have an assessment of the risk of child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in your region? Yes, they have clear guidelines about child labor and forced labor in our supply chain. An agronomy team makes farm visits and they note any violations of forced or child labor. Most producers don’t have the tools to conduct formal independent assessments.
Do you have an assessment of the risks of discrimination, workplace violence and harassment, including sexual and gender-based violence in your region? Yes, they have clear guidelines about gender equity, and actively seeks to eliminate discrimination and workplace violence/harassment. Most producers don’t have the tools to conduct formal independent assessments.
Do you have policies and procedures in place for identifying, mitigating, preventing, monitoring and remediating child labour, forced labour, human trafficking, discrimination and workplace violence and harassment, including sexual and gender-based violence? Yes, they communicate their standards to coffee producers, and their teams monitor the situation during farm visits.
Philanthropy
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to increase gender equity in this growing region? Yes, each year they seek to add women producers to their farmer network and have focused some of our agricultural training workshops to be specifically targeted to women producers heading into the 2024 harvest season. They have also strategically added partners such as women’s cooperatives to their network, including one
coop called Axola in the Petatan community.
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to increase local education opportunities? Yes, through partnerships and project support.
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to alleviate extreme poverty in the region? No
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to increase access to sustainable energy? No
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to build, maintain, or increase access to local infrastructure? No
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to increase access to clean water and/or nutritious food? No
Does the importer have a plan to partner with the producer to support the local economy through job creation &/or infrastructure maintenance? Yes, partner coffee growers sometimes hire their neighbors or family members to work on the farm as needed, which can provide helpful income for local families – these are seasonal positions for a few days during the harvest, typically, rather than traditional jobs.

Additional Info

Technical Details

  • Origin: Guatemala
  • Region: Huehuetenango
  • Sub-region: Petatan
  • Farmer/Producer: Rosendo Domingo
  • Process: Washed
  • Elevation: 1700 – 1850 masl
  • Variety: Caturra and Paches
  • Tasting Notes: Kiwi, Orange, Rich Toffee, Caramel, Honey, Nuts, Apple, Milk Chocolate, Graham Cracker
  • Harvest Year: 2023
  • Fermentation Info: 36-40 hours prior to washing
  • Washing Station: Biru Bekele Drying Station
  • Importing Partner: Primavera Green Coffee
  • FOB Cost: $3.15
  • Partnership length with Firelight: First purchase from importing partner
  • Importer Partnership length with Producer: 6 years
  • Brewing method recommendation: Pourover, Chemex, Drip, Aeropress, French Press

 

Processing information courtesy of Primavera Coffee:

The coffee is harvested and then depulped the same day as picking. The coffee is fermented 36-40 hours and then washed with clean water. The first hours of the drying process the coffee was left in thick layers to lower the humidity and then rested in 5mm thick layers in sun for five days to reach 12% humidity for exporting. Lastly the coffee parchment was sorted by hand to eliminate the defects and impurities. Rosendo comes from a large family, and he works in tandem with his sisters to process the coffees from the family’s different parcels of land. This coffee comes from La Cumbre, and the sister in charge of processing this coffee is Lidia Domingo Alvarado.