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El Zorro

GROUP OF PRODUCERS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CHIQUIMULA
STORY

El Zorro is a coffee brand made up of a group of small-scale producers from the department of Chiquimula. Their coffee is called El Zorro honoring the expedition of motorcycles that takes place annually in Guatemala City, going all the way to the “Basilica del Cristo Negro” in Esquipulas. The expedition is called “La Caravana del Zorro” and it is a very popular annual event. The work between Caravela and the producers responsible for El Zorro started as a result of many cupping sessions that took place in the region back in 2015 and 2016. During these sessions we found the coffees from this area to be perfectly balanced, with notes of chocolate and caramel. 

Chiquimula derives from the Aztec word “Chiquín”, meaning parrots, and “Molin”, meaning place – so a place for birds! Chiquimula is also known as the Pearl of Orion. Locals believe that the name comes from the cotton plantations that can be seen in the region, which look like a pearl, and that the land is rich in minerals and gold. It is important to note that the original inhabitants of this department are descended from the Maya Ethnic Ch’orti’ group.

Farm Varieties
Size
Average farm size

5-10 Hectares

Location
Country
Guatemala
Municipality

Camotan, Olopa, Esquipulas

Department
Chiquimula
Elevation

1,300 – 1,600 MASL

Technical info
Harvest

December – April

Processing Method

Washed. 18 to 24 hour dry fermentation.

Shade

Chalum, Banana, Citrus, and native trees.

Drying Method

Sun-dried on concrete patios.