The skill sets of the husband-and-wife duo, Ellen and Stuart, compliment one another wonderfully. Ellen, a botanist, nurtures the farm while overseeing a very particular harvest of only the ripest cherries, while Stuart, an engineer, set up brand new processing equipment for the farm. Adding to their dynamic team is their daughter, Ashley. Ashley recently moved back to Guatemala after studying and working in the coffee industry in the US and Europe. Her skills add another dimension to the family’s multi-generation farm.
This is the ninth consecutive year we have partnered with the Prentice family. Each year we have the opportunity to taste through nearly 100 separated lots throughout the farm to select our favorites. We are always impressed by the meticulous practices at the farm and mill level and how those practices produce a clean, uniform, cup year after year.
Although female coffee producers are rare in Guatemala, Ellen holds her own. Ellen engages with her land diligently, leads her team well, and works very closely with the roasters who partner with her. The coffee produced at Finca de Dios is a perfect expression of the Prentice Family’s thoughtful work. Sipping on this coffee is like taking a meditative hike in an evergreen forrest.