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Guatemala – La Folie


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Farm Owners: Mary Louise and Mary Anne Penny Urruela

Producer: ZELCAFE

Farm Manager: Byron Orizabal

Region: Antigua

Farm: La Folie

Altitude: 1500 – 1650 MASL

Varietal: Caturra, Bourbon

Process: Fermentation for 15 hours, fully washed and dried for 14 days on patio

Notes: Berries, honey, chocolate

100% Arabica

This is a very fragrant coffee with a medium body and a long-lasting sweet finish. There is a perfect balance in this cup, from the first taste of berries and citric notes to an immediate taste of honey and chocolate, it all blends in to make this a very balanced and delicious cup.  A very chuggable one that is. A cup of coffee which is hard to get tired of. 

Mary Louise and Mary Anne Penny Urruela are the owners of La Folie, but it is managed by Zelcafé, with whom Collaborative Coffee Source (our importer) has the relationship. 

The oldest trees at La Folie are 40 years old and ever since Zelcafé (and specifically Byron) took over the management, the farm has been undergoing a continuous renovation re-planting and a three-year cycle of pruning, wherein every third year, a given row of coffee undergoes aggressive pruning where almost all the branches are removed. This helps with managing diseases such as coffee leaf rust, and it increases production per tree. While the farm has always been planted 50/50 bourbon/caturra, Byron prefers the caturra variety for its disease resistance and cup quality.

Nestled in the mountains of Antigua, Guatemala La Folie is 33 hectares with soil the is composed of clay mixed with volcanic and sandy loam. Each hectare has about 3200 trees. The harvest season is from December to March. 

Luis Pedro Zelaya Zamora (LPZZ) is the fourth generation in his family to be working in the coffee business. The Zelaya family’s first farm was Carmona, followed by Bella Vista, where the wet, dry mill facilities and Zelcafé staff offices are currently located.

For many years, the family’s business focus was on commercial coffee production and export, but in 2000 LPZZ began developing and changing Zelcafé’s focus to specialty coffee and micro-lots, with the support of some early clients. Over time Zelcafé has been able to successfully transition the business into solely focusing on specialty coffee. For the Zelaya family, their coffee endeavors are not only about business; their aim is to provide a good basis for generations of their family and community to come. With this in mind, they are constantly looking for ways to provide jobs to as many families in their communities as possible, as well as supplying the best quality coffee possible to their clients. The Bella Vista team takes care of all the planning, execution, and monitoring of the resources on each farm they own or manage, including human, technical, financial, and educational. In the case of the small producers who sell them cherries, the team not only buys cherries at a premium, they also provide technical assistance and the financing of inputs. Bella Vista is constantly looking to improve its agricultural activities to reduce chemicals to a minimum and in turn, share its scientific knowledge with other farms.

Bella Vista continuously encourages its workers to get proper education and in special cases, finances education for some of them. The facility also often offers workshops on different topics. The Zelaya family farms all have C.A.F.E Practices implemented and in the coming years, the family will try to implement a WaSH project at one of their biggest farms.

Collaborative Coffee Source is our sourcing partner for this Guatemalan coffee. They have been working with the Zelaya family since 2013 and have shown to be a perfect partner. The team at Zelcafé has considerable training in modern agronomy and has mastered the art of processing coffees. It definitely shows in the year-to-year consistency in the cup. Very balanced and elegant coffees.

SKU: CA0851 Category:

Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 3.5 × 3 × 7 in

5 Pounds, 12 Ounces, 8 Ounces


Whole Bean, Espresso, Aeropress, Pour Over/ Drip, French Press