Ixlama is a coffee born out of collaboration. It is the culmination of work by over 100 family producers in the Guatemalan municipalities of San Pedro Necta and La Libertad in the department of Huehuetenango, a region known for rugged landscapes and high elevation. The crop, consisting of half Bourbon and half Caturra varietals, is shade grown and then sorted and milled at Transcafe’s mill at Caserio Teogal Adea San Martin. The mill uses “guardiolas”, a coffee dryer patented by a Guatemalan resident in 1872, after coffees are sun-dried on cement patios.
Balzac Bros brought this coffee in and introduced it to us, and we knew it’s clean cup and superior quality needed to be part of our lineup. We roast this coffee to let it’s round, clean sweetness shine through, and frequently find notes of apple, chocolate, and caramel in the cup.