Mataquescuintla is a municipality in the Jalapa department of south-east Guatemala. The region's history is intrinsically linked to El Salvador's native Pipil people. In fact, the name comes from the Nahuatl language of the Pipil and means "Net to catch dogs".
This coffee is sourced from Juan Jose Torres and his Miravalles farm in Mataquescuintla. He is a coffee producer from the indigenous Xinka community and a member of the “Cafe Colis Resistencia”. One of the most important aspects for him in the production of coffee is to respect the surrounding biodiversity.
The Xinka are an indigenous group in the Mataquescuintla region whose existence is not recognized by the government of Guatemala. In 2008, the opening of the "Escobal silver mine" was approved without permission from the Xinka, contrary to the United Nations Convention on the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The mine threatens the cleanliness of the land, water and air in their territory. As early as 2003, the Xinka community formed the Cafe Colis Resistencia, a peaceful resistance, which first aims to have their rights recognized and which now has the main objective of blocking access to mines. However, since 2017, thanks to resistance, the mine has been closed. The development of the Escobal mine is supported by the Canadian company Pan American Silver which claims, on its website, to build and operate mines responsibly.
The resulting cup reminds us of nectarine, honey and amaretto.