Process method: washed Origin: Guatemala Region: San Lucas, Toliman Farm/Producer: Andres Fahsen- manager, 23-family estate Elevation: 1320 - 1600 masl Variety: Cattura, Catuai, Bourbon Retail Price: $16/12oz. box
Andres Fahsen is the 5th generation coffee producer of the agro-forest farm, Santo Tomás Pachuj, located in the Atitlán region near Volcan Tolimán. This farm has been passed down from generation to generation for 150 years. At first it was a part of a larger family farm named Pampojilá. In 1986, these farms split and Andres’s farm became Finca Santo Tomás Pachuj.
Andres’s first memories were made in Finca Pachuj with his family. He hopes that one day his daughter will be the 6thgeneration producer of this farm. When he speaks about his family's lineage and the cultivation of this farm, Andres extends hisarm excitedly and exclaims that his family ‘literally’ has coffee in their blood.
He takes pride in Pachuj’s ability to employ workers from this region with a livable wage and a family like work atmosphere. He provides working benefits for his employees that are not common in most Guatemalan coffee farms. Andres also has a passion for sustainable, organic agro-forestry farming in order to protect and preserve the sublime land and life on the farm for generations to come.
Pachuj is a Kaqchikel word meaning where the mist meets the forest. This word could not be more accurate in describingthe climate of this region. This all pertains to Pachujs micro-climate. In between the lowlands and the highland in the Atitlán region there are high levels of humidity and many places where the clouds and the forests meet to make a climate specific to this area of Guatemala. Majority of the land on the farm in pachuj is a natural forest reserve. One can see the thriving biodiversity in the many different plant, animals, and insects found amongst the farmland; Andres has even spotted Mountain Lions roaming the farms of Pachuj.