Buena Vista – Guatemala


Farm : Buena Vista
Owner : Luis Pedro Zelaya Aguirre
Variety : Bourbon

Process : Washed
Region : Antigua
Altitude (masl) : 1772-1900m
Harvest Method : Handpicking

Buena Vista is a reasonably big farm situated in the outskirts of the town of Antigua. It occupies some 80ha of beautiful mountain range cultivating mostly Bourbon, Caturra and Catuai varieties, but in the future there are also plans to plant Geisha. The around 250 000 trees on the farm are pruned yearly from their seventh year and replanted every 30 years. The farm is owned by Luis Pedro Zelaya Aguirre who is the patriarch of the Zelaya coffee family.

Zelaya family

Zelayas have been in the coffee business for generations and play a significant role in the coffee scene in Antigua. Luis Pedro’s son not only bears his fathers name but also carries on with his work. He is now the fourth generation of his family in the coffee business. Because of his involvement in the family business the Zelaya’s have been able to turn their focus solely on specialty coffee. The Zelaya’s own and manage several coffee farms and run a famous dry mill by the name of Bella Vista. On their mill they focus on careful and innovative processing of the delicate micro lots. Zelayas have implemented ventilated greenhouses with raised beds to ensure and better the results of coffee processing. Due to this careful and consistent work results in very personal and unique cup quality from year to year.

Zelayas don’t consider their coffee endeavours only as business. For them it’s also a form of building a basis for their family and the community for years to come. They are providing the community with jobs, education, training and knowledge and also constantly looking to improve their agricultural activities to reduce chemicals and to better the quality.