The Faces and Stories Behind your Exceptional Coffee

Chica Bean emerged from Doña Maritza’s story. Although not born to a coffee producing family, being from a coffee producing town in the New Oriente region of Guatemala, as a youth she developed the dream to become an award-winning producer herself. Meet a few of our Chica Producers Below

Doña Maritza

She and her husband bought their land, Finca la Hierba Buena, in the mountains of nearby San Pedro Pinula, Jalapa in 1997 where she has worked hard to produce a quality coffee. She has survived market highs and lows, boom and bust harvests, and even a dreaded plight with cancer. There have been times when Maritza was ready to throw in the towel after struggling with the industry normal of taking advantage of producers but her family wouldn’t let her give up her dream of winning Guatemala’s “Cup of Excellence.” And that’s how Chica Bean was born. Because of her farm’s proximity to lower, dryer land where she has a small mill and drying patios, she has become a master of Honey and Natural processes. With her 2020 Honey Process reaching a grade of 86.6 SCA, she’s well on her way to achieving her dream… and being appropriately compensated for all her work!

Get all the details about Maritza’s story on our Instagram here!

Location: San Pedro Pinula, Jalapa (1475 mals-1600 mals)
Land Size: 10 hectares (medium sized producer)
Varieties: Catuaí, Caturra, Pache
Coffee plants are 19.4% (+/-3.4%) shade grown
Processing: Honey, Natural, Washed, Washed with an extended fermentation

Find her coffee in our Honey Process, Natural Process, and Best Batch!

Doña Etelbina

Doña Etelbina is a young mother and wife who is radiantly positive. Etelbina’s husband left Guatemala in 2009 in search of financial security for his family. Amidst an international price crisis that lasted nearly a decade, this is an incredibly common story from coffee producing communities. Holding down the fort on their land in a rural community of Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, Etelbina has been able to grow their coffee production in size and quality, while also raising her young son. She now works directly with her sister in managing her coffee, making them a family dream team. With continuously improving quality resulting from harvesting, producing, and drying trainings and the just prices Chica Bean pays for specialty coffee seeds, Etelbina and her husband are now planning their future in Guatemala… together!

Location: San Antonio las Flores, Mataquescuintla, Jalapa (1600 mals-1700 mals)
Land Size: 2.5 hectars (small producer)
Varieties: Catuaí, Caturra, Pache Colis
Coffee plants are heavily shade grown but % unknown
Processing: Washed

We’re currently out of Etelbina’s coffee.

Tía Ana

Tía Ana is the mother of 10 children, grandmother of 25, and wife of Tío Coco. Coffee has provided the family’s livelihood since they were married 35 years ago. Together they’ve lived through droughts and floods, market highs and lows as well as debt. With low coffee prices since 2010, Ana and her family have found it difficult to keep up with household needs and loan payments. As a result, three of her children have migrated to the United States with others seriously considering it. A common story in coffee. However, that was before Chica Bean. Now, with the just prices paid by Chica Bean and the ability to process their coffee cherries to parchment, Tía Ana has been able to make loan payments and better provide for her family, allowing more opportunities for her family to remain together and continue supporting each other from within their community.

Location: San Antonio las Flores, Mataquescuintla, Jalapa (1600 mals-1800 mals)
Land Size: 1 hectares (small producer)
Varieties: Catuaí, Caturra, Pache Colis
Coffee plants are 72.4% (+/-15%) shade grown
Processing: Washed

We are currently out of Tía Ana’s coffee

Doña Raquela

Doña Raquela was born and raised in a coffee producing family and has remained dedicated to this crop her entire life. She is the mother of two grown children, including our other producer Ilcia, and the wife of a coffee producer. Doña Raquela manages her coffee apart from that of her husband to ensure the household is taken care of and her coffee cared for in a way that she can guarantee quality. She consistently produces exceptional coffee and anticipates investing in improved production with the support of Chica Bean. In February of 2019, with her increased income from Chica Bean, Doña Raquela was able to successfully secure a loan, something she’s never been able to do before.

Location: San Antonio las Flores, Mataquescuintla, Jalapa (1700 mals-1800 mals)
Land Size: 3 hectars (small producer)
Varieties: Catuaí, Caturra, Pache Colis
Coffee plants are 186.7% (+/-5.5%) shade grown
Processing: Washed, Washed extended fermentation with additional yeast

Find her coffee in our: Medium Roast, Dark Roast, or Espresso Roast (depending on the roasting line-up for the day)