Rich. Full-bodied. Flavourful. Produced by smallholder farmers of Esquipulas Co-operative in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, in conditions about as perfect as you can get. A high altitude – over 1,500 meters – fertile soil, and glorious sunshine. A great lazy afternoon or after-dinner coffee.
liberación, esquipulas, huehuetenango, Guatemala
This coffee is a melange produced by smallholder co-operatives in Huehuetenango, Northern Guatemala Highlands. We work with all four co-operatives, which are owned and managed by these smallholder producers and also assists the farmers at every stage of coffee production.Two of these co-operatives are located in La Libertad and two in Todos Santos,each is comprised of about 50-70 farmers (total 150 producers) each farming 0.5H of land, with about 4000 coffee trees. Only farmers above 1500mASL are invited to join the organization to ensure the highest quality is selected. The farmers prepare their coffee to pergamino; samples are cupped by trained cuppers and we work with them to select the best lots for our coffee. Farmers are given feedback following cupping on how to further improve quality through attention to post harvest processing. Less than 50% of each small producers coffee is purchased to ensure the quality is a highly selective process. Farmers sell the remaining 50% to the local market.
Meeting with farmers in 2010 they explained how membership of their Co-operative brings benefits. They get fertilizer and farm inputs, training in agronomy and say that working together has helped them to be sustainable. The co-op provides a healthcare clinic and loans for the secondary level education of their children. The regions of La Libertad and Todos Santos are famous for producing some of the finest coffees in Guatemala, placing high in Cup of Excellence. However, these small producers have experienced some of the most extreme levels of poverty in Guatemala because in 2000 many abandoned their coffee plantations because of low prices. To attempt to achieve a sustainable price for their coffee these farmers now work with the Slow Food, Salon del Gusto, in Italy. Experienced cuppers assessed the quality of their coffee and awarded it the recognition as a Presidium. The coffee is described as “Baluarte” a special produce that has a particular organoleptic characteristic related to the people, culture and the environment.
The Slow Food protocols defined according to environmental, social and economic rules
1) Only Arabica
2) Altitude above 1500mASL
3) No pesticides, chemicals, only manual removal of weeds. Not to work against the environment. No litter or rubbish dumped on the farms.
4) Take care of each plant correctly.
5) Children must go to school. During harvest season children are at school till noon then help families pick coffee in the field. Also the school vacation is set Nov-Jan which coincides with the harvest. If the season extends longer then school is delayed accordingly. It is a privilege to spend time with these farmers; they can express their own opinions clearly, and know that working together in their combined efforts produces excellent quality coffee. The oldest member of the co-operative (one of the founders) said back in the 60’s the Administration board didn’t experience good schooling but they knew they wanted to start a co-operative.They had great ideas, but no skills. Some members may still be illiterate still, but they have innate intelligence and manage their co-operative successfully over many years. Now the next generation is faced with new problems – but they are a good team and enthusiastic about that relationship with Union. And we are excited about their coffee. Together we decided to call their coffee ‘liberación’ because it is bringing the freedom to achieve an economically sustainable life.
We aim to despatch all orders within 2 working days of receiving them. During peak mail order periods (for instance, Christmas or other promotional activities), this timeframe may be extended slightly, although every effort will be made to despatch your order as soon as possible.
All our coffees are roasted to order so we require at least one working day before we can despatch your order
NEW UK DELIVERY INFORMATION FOR SUMMER 2016
After listening to what many of our customers have told us they like (and don't like) we have made some changes to the way we charge you for delivery and how we send your orders. The good news is it should make it cheaper for you to receive our coffee and less likely you'll miss a delivery.
Standard delivery is charged at £2 per order (mainland UK)
For all orders over £40 (before delivery) or over 2KG in weight, delivery is FREE
Convenient Delivery packaging
In an effort to reduce wasteful packaging and also make delivery more convenient for you. If your order is 2 x 200g bags of coffee or less your delivery will be sent in a box designed to fit through your letterbox. So you no longer need to wait in for your Union Coffee delivery.
N.B not all letterboxes are made equal. Our boxes are designed to meet the Royal Mail letterbox guidelines, sadly this doesn't cover all letterboxes. We've discovered that older houses can often have unusual dimensions and the box may not fit through.
For all 1 & 2 x 200g Coffee Orders your delivery will be sent First Class Royal Mail
For all Orders of 3 x 200g, 1kg, accessories and gifts are sent recorded delivery via UPS
We are happy to deliver to international addresses. Orders need to be placed with a valid postcode/zipcode to allow our couriers to locate and quote for correct shipping cost.
2016 prices up to 2kg
|Europe *||International Zone 1 *||International Zone 2 *|
|0 – 1000g||7.85||1305||18.50|
|1001g – 1500g||12.55||22.00||24.45|
|1501g – 2000g||23.00||50.00||70.00|
For country zone list please click here.
If you would rather order by phone, please call the Roastery on +44 20 7474 8990 and we will happily take your order and quote for shipping if relevant.
Where goods are unavailable, or out of stock, Union Hand-Roasted will advise customers appropriately through the online shop or by email or phone where those have been provided with an order.
Re-orders of previous shipments can be done easily through the 'my account' section of the website. If one or more products is out of stock, the re-order link will not be visible. Please check individual products required, or select alternatives.
Our online shop no longer has a minimum transaction value.
Returns and refunds
If you are unsatisfied with the contents of your despatch you must contact us, either by telephone or email within 24 hours of receipt to inform us of your issue.
Union Hand-Roasted does not refund or exchange coffees, teas etc. if ordered incorrectly through our website.