It was late at night when we pulled up to Finca Vista Hermosa, so it was pitch black out and we didn’t get to see the beautiful view. However, you never forget the first time you wake up on a coffee farm. The smell in the air, the cool breeze and the sounds of birds in the distance. This farm lived up to its name and the view is still my phone’s background. I know there is a connection to a place that you’ve visited and I know that our customers have not had the privilege of being hosted by Don Edwin at their family farm, so you’ll have to feel the connection I feel to this farm by extension. But trust me, it is exactly what you’d hope it would be. A piece of heaven on earth that helps produce my favorite drink.
Our connection to FVH is through Edwin Martinez from Onyx coffee. We started buying from them a few years ago for all of our Guatemalan coffees and since have built a great relationship with his organization. We love working together with them to source the best coffees Guatemala have to offer. Every single Guatemalan coffee was have coming this year is a direct result of this relationship that we’ve built. So when I had an opportunity to buy from their family farm, it was a no-brainer. Of course I want some of their coffee. I was pleasantly surprised (although I shouldn’t have been) to sample it and enjoy such great coffee.
The farm was originally purchased by Don Papi who just turned 103 this last week. 65 years ago he bought a few hectares of coffee land in the highlands of Huehuetenango while pastoring a church in Huehue (he and I have that in common, both pastors and coffee lovers). Those hectares eventually became Finca Vista Hermosa. They poured so much time and energy into this farm and you felt the love as you walked the farm. One morning we walked the wet mill and saw how they process the beans. As we stood on the drying patios, Edwin showed us the ramps that he used to ride on his skateboard as a kid. I loved that, because it connected us to a farm that isn’t primarily a revenue stream, but it felt like my parent’s ranch. A place with great memories where kids grew up around the family business. When we walked the rows of Don Edwin’s variety garden, I couldn’t help but notice the love and attention to detail that went into this farm.
In the US, we see coffee everywhere. Most grocery stores have an entire aisle dedicated to it. But how often do we sit and think about the number of small businesses and lives that are effected to get Sagebrush Coffee in your cup. This coffee isn’t just supporting our family, it supports the families at the dry mill, the logistics companies, the importer, the bag making company, the wet mill, the farm and the ones I’m missing in this supply chain. Each one of these have a story and it is fun to take a sip of FVH and think of their story.
Check out this video for a first-hand account. We watched this video and said, “that’s where we ate breakfast.” “That’s the kitchen where the sweet family cooked us food”. “We walked that variety garden.” It was a blessing to see it first hand it hopefully it is a treat for you to watch the video.