Los Caballitos

Region: El Quiche
City: Chajúl
Altitude: 1,600-1,800m
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra
Processing: Fully Washed and dried on patio
Owner: Christian Schaps Salinas

Complex, clear and bright with orange, berries and sugar cane and good balance. Lovely coffee for espresso and filter.

Los Cabillitos (‘Small Horses’) lies amid the steep green hills of the ‘Ixil Triangle’ high in Guatemala’s Western highlands, an isolated area famed for the strength of its indigenous culture and the beauty of its landscape.

Los Cabillitos is located next to Finca La Perla, where coffee has been growing since 1940. The farm is owned by Christian Schaps Salinas, who is also the manager of La Perla, and manages the Mercanta Central American office.

The climate in the area is steamy, hot and humid, with 197 to 217 inches of rain each year.

The farm’s land is scattered with small settlements, which are home to between 2,500 and 3,000 local Mayan people. Most work on either La Perla or Los Cabillitos throughout the year, as well as tending to their own plots of land, where they grow staple foodstuffs for consumption at home. Some 500 workers have formed a solidarity association whose activities have helped to raise standards of living within the farm community.

Christian purchased the land from La Perla 4 years ago and set about planting a mix of Bourbon and Caturra on the property. This year was the estate’s first harvest. In total 57 bags were produced; 1/3 of which were submitted to the Cup of Excellence competition and placed 29th leaving just 40 bags available.