Santo Tomas Pachuj, Guatemala
- Tasting Notes: Red Apple, Maple Syrup & Balanced
- Varietal(s): Bourbon, Caturra, Pacamara
- Processing: Fully Washed, Dry Fermentaion - Beneficio La Esperenza under direction of Los Volcanes
- Altitude: 1400-1850 masl
- Farm(ers): Single Estate – Directed by Andres Fahsen
- Region: Lake Atitilan
We first met Andres Fahsen 6 years back on the side of the road close to Volcan Toliman. His enthusiasm, energy and great demeanor were infectious. He is a 5th generation coffee producer and owner of the agro-forest farm, Santo Tomás Pachuj. It’s no surprise that Andres’ first memories were made at Finca Pachuj with his family and that he hopes one day his daughter will become its next generation.
Andres has a huge passion for sustainable, organic agro-forestry farming. One visit to the farm and you can see just how evident this is – the majority of the farm in forest reserve . His sincere hope is to, yes produce great coffee but also do it in a way where he preserves the land and life of the farm for generations to come. Because of this, he has held Rain Forest Certification since the early 2000’s which has a strong focus on the care of the land.
Andres also takes great pride in Pachuj’s ability to employ workers from this region with a living wage and a familial work atmosphere. He provides working benefits for his employees, which is not common in most Guatemalan coffee farms.
Last, the name Pachuj is actually a Kaqchikel word, an indigenous Guatemalan language. It means, “where the mist meets the forest.” This description could not be more accurate. The micro-climate of this region, which has high levels of humidity and varying heights of topography, often creates clouds seemingly hugging the forests as they climb over the mountainous landscape..