Supporting sustainable economic development
and direct trade in Guatemala

Coffee Tour

Experience a day in the life of Guatemalan farmers and learn about the coffee process from seed to cup!

Direct trade coffee has a story as rich as its aroma. Generations of independent farmers dedicate their lives to producing high-quality specialty coffees using sustainable agricultural techniques. We draw back the mocha-colored curtain to help remove the mystery of how your barista brings you the perfect shot of espresso.

Put on your hiking shoes and prepare yourself for hiking volcanic nutrient-rich soil and gain a whole new perspective on your daily cup of java. Witness the processes involved in creating that delicious cup of coffee: learn how to pick, process and roast your own coffee.

Hear the historic tales buried under the cobbled streets of San Miguel Escobar, walk through the dense agricultural base of Volcan Agua and blow your mind with the detailed, precise dedication that goes into the specialty coffee process. A hike off the beaten path will bring you to the fields of coffee trees, where, depending on the season, you’ll see the coffee fruit maturing on the shrubs. Again, depending on the season, learn how to pick, plant, prune or clear the coffee trees.

After your walk, the farmers will open their homes and demonstrate how they separate the freshly picked coffee fruit by density, husk the fruit, ferment and wash the beans, dry the beans, remove the inner hull, sort by size, color and grade, roast the beans, and – finally – taste.

Experience the difference between traditional and modern roasting and brewing techniques.

Where and when

A minimum of two people are required to take this tour. Tours meet at the plaza in San Miguel Escobar at either 9am or 1pm. Get directions here.

We have a 24-hour minimum advance notice in order to secure the tour guide and translator. If you would like to book a tour with less than 24-hours notice, it will be considered on a case by case basis. Please call 502-5585-4450 if less than 24 hours notice.

What to bring

Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes and bring water.

Take home…

An understanding of a day in the life of a guatemalan farmer, a truly unique experience. A pound of delicious, highest grade coffee in your choice of roast, either ground or whole bean.

Cost

Tours cost 200Q per person and last approximately three hours. Includes English translation and guide services.
Lunch Option: Experience a home cooked Guatemalan lunch for an additional 50Q, freshly prepared for you at the farmer's home