Origin Story

In 2020, with help from the nonprofit CRS and funding from USAID, we convened a coffee quality event for smallholder cooperatives in Guatemala that we called Intelligentsia ECWx. We were impressed with the three women who represented the COOPESQUI coop, and even more impressed with the coffee they offered us. We sourced one small lot from them that same year, and never looked back. This is the fourth consecutive year we have worked with COOPESQUI, and the coffee just keeps getting better. We selected this lot, grown by coop member José Fernando Lopez at his farm some 2000 meters above sea level, for espresso preparation.


Our latest offer from our single origin espresso lineup is sweet and citrusy with a dark caramel finish.

  • Country Guatemala
  • Flavor Profile Caramel + Stone Fruit
  • Variety traditional Latin American varieties

The details

  • Country Guatemala
  • Producer José Fernando López Serrano
  • Region La Libertad, Huehuetenango
  • Elevation Range 2000 m
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method Patio
  • Harvest November 2022 - April 2023
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2020

How To Brew

We recommend starting with a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the ground coffee. For our single origin coffees we recommend a pour over method either on a Chemex, V60 or Kalita Wave on a 5 or 6 grind setting if you are ordering from intelligentsia.com.

Recommended Method Pour Over

  1. 01.
    Boil Water 205 - 212 F
  2. 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  3. 03.
    Drop In Filter Add filter to equipment
  4. 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  5. 05.
    Add Water Add water in stages
  6. 06.
    Remove Filter Enjoy your coffee!
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    Why We're Different

    • Intelligentsia coffee buyers travel year-round working with a network of farmers. From the farm, coffee arrives at the roasting works in Chicago, where coffee professionals cup, grade, and release over 50 single-origins and blends annually.

    • Intelligentsia Direct Trade means partnering with people who obsess about quality as much as we do, and building meaningful relationships with farmers. Today, the Intelligentsia Direct Trade community includes more than 50 partners in 14 countries.

    • A quarter-century of obsession with quality, more than 15 years of sourcing great coffee the right way, and an authoritative point of view on how to elevate coffee make Intelligentsia a trusted partner on your coffee journey.

12oz Guatemala José Fernando López
Guatemala José Fernando López