It's been over 5 years since we first met Patricia Perez and her family in the Guatemalan village of Agua Dulce. Patricia lives with her mother Auri and daughter Iza on her farm, where their house faces the drying patios. Following the death of her father over 16 years ago, Patricia took over the family farm and now produces remarkable coffees.
Under the shade of the estate's fruit trees, Patricia grows the Bourbon, Caturra, Maragogype and Geisha varieties, carrying on a family tradition that goes back several generations. Since taking over the family farm, Patricia has not only defied social norms by becoming the first female farm owner in her village, but has also played a key role in the sustainability of coffee production.
By working directly with her, we are helping to support not only her family, but her community too. Sustainability, for us, is not limited to environmentally-friendly farming practices, but also encompasses social and economic sustainability. Patricia is not only a remarkable coffee grower, but an essential partner in our commitment to a sustainable and transparent supply chain.
Beyond the business transaction, it's a human connection that has evolved over time. We are proud to have enjoyed a close relationship with Patricia for over five years now. We've shared laughs, challenges and successes with Patricia, creating a unique relationship. In 2022, we helped build a house on her land to house her seasonal workers during the harvest.
If you'd like to discover Patricia's work and enjoy a remarkable coffee, we invite you to discover Patricia Perez's latest batch. A soft, sweet filter with notes of dark chocolate, macadamia nuts and orange. A cup that reflects not only Patricia's passion for her farm, but also the very essence of her terroir in Agua Dulce.