Update from the Field - Santa Maria de Jesus

At the beneficio - Front R - L: Pocho, Denis, Flavio, China;  Back R - L: Manuel, Robin, Les, Eric, Julio

At the beneficio - Front R - L: Pocho, Denis, Flavio, China;

Back R - L: Manuel, Robin, Les, Eric, Julio

Julio at the beneficio  (the mountain in the background is called the rooster)

Julio at the beneficio

(the mountain in the background is called the rooster)

Installing the generators to get the lights and depulper running

Installing the generators to get the lights and depulper running

The beneficio with coffee drying. Volcan Picaya is in the background

The beneficio with coffee drying. Volcan Picaya is in the background

Les Stoneham of Deeper Roots Development and Jamie Stoneham (owner, John Clark's daughter) is currently traveling in Guatemala to work the farmer's of our delicious La Armonia Hermosa coffee. Here's an update from their trip.

As we hear on the news of negative degrees in Tennessee, we are here in Guatemala with 50 - 75 degree weather. We couldn't ask for better temperatures. Just as great as the temperature is, the atmosphere around the newly constructed beneficio (coffee wet mill) is buzzing with excitement. Today we brought down the mechanical depulper and installed the generators to power the lights and the depulper.  

The dream of having their own wet mill is finally coming to fruition. All of the hard work and planning is about to pay off as the picking season is about to come into full swing. Soon they will be able to use the mechanical depulper instead of the bike powered depulpers which will cut the processing time by 2/3rds and provides a more eco-friendly alternative when washing the coffee. This depulper will also improve the quality of the coffee through better sorting, washing, and consistent pulping.

We are very excited, just like they are, for this new addition to their newly constructed beneficio, and look forward to seeing Julio's field later this week.

La Armonia Hermosa - Origin Trip


Jamie Clark and Les Stoneham along with other interested people in Ohio, Indiana, and Mississippi are going down to Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala again to continue their work with the farmers that bring us the wonderful La Amonia Hermosa coffee. Les Stoneham, founder of Deeper Roots Development and Vienna Coffee House's barista trainer, has been working with these farmers for the past five years, and just this October the now 20 farmers have developed their own government-recognized co-operative. We are very proud of their hard-work and coordination to make this happen.

We are very excited to be able to go back to down to Guatemala, help with the harvest, continue the conversation and planning of the beneficio (coffee-processing plant), and visit with the farmers. If you would like to receive updates from the field or want to know more about the story behind the delicious coffee please follow us at http://www.laarmoniahermosa.com

Guate travels: Juan

One of the days that we went to Alberto's field he took us to his son Juan's farm to meet his family. They were great and their coffee trees were very well maintained.

Due to the height difference of the trees and Juan's family who picks the cherries. The first picture shows how they work around this issue. They use a rope tied to the tree and pull is down with a hook tied to a stump on the ground. That enables them to get the cherries at the very top of the tree.

The next picture is Juan picking some of his great coffee. And the third picture is of his wife.

Their work is a whole family affair, Juan's daughters, wife, and Father (Alberto) all work the fields to produce the wonderful coffee that makes up La Armonia Hermosa.

Home Sweet Home

John, Les, and Jamie are all back from a great trip in Guatemala.

There were so many great things that happened this trip that we will continue to update the blog with new photos and stories from this past month.

The first image is of Demetrio, one of the new farmers of La Armonia Hermosa Coffee. He is showing us his large arabica trees. He has a wide assortment of coffee trees of all ages and an assortment of shade trees. He's great! Incredibly animated, and very passionate about his crop.

The second image is Demetrio walking back from his farm to the path probably carrying about 40 pounds worth of jocote (a tropical fruit) on his back! The incredible part is he is 56 years old and barely broke a sweat!

Also incredible is this path that he and all the other farmers have to walk up with all of their products to go back up to Santa Maria from their farm! Wow... these guys are strong and fit! You didn't want to see us after climbing this hill without anything on our backs.

The last image is John and Les talking with Demetrio about his crop this year and eveything that goes into it. Very exciting!

Next edition: Juan's farm and family