“Guatemala: Close-up on Coffee Communities” Trip Itinerary
Day 1: ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION
Welcome! You’ll meet your fellow coffee lovers in Antigua and we’ll head to the guest house in San Miguel Escobar for orientation and dive into learning about the actors in the coffee industry with the Coffee Chain Game followed by a dinner with a member of the cooperative.
Day 2: SEED TO CUP
You'll start your day with a beautiful hike up the volcano to the coffee fields. The morning will be spent learning about the agricultural aspects of growing and processing coffee from seed to cup. You're sure to gain a newfound appreciation for a fresh cup of coffee! We'll finish the morning in the farmer's home with a well-deserved lunch. Then we'll take a chicken bus into Antigua to check out a coffee shop for a much needed pick-me-up before braving the market to get ingredients for tonight’s dinner.
Day 3: FULL HARVEST
You’ll make your way back up the volcano for more harvesting and incredible views. Enjoy lunch in the fields and return to town in the late afternoon for free time and dinner on your own.
Day 4: COFFEE PROCESSING
Spend the morning processing coffee at the dry mill and learn the delicate task of sorting coffee by hand. Then hear from Andy, Executive Director of De la Gente, about the history of coffee in Guatemala over lunch. The afternoon will be filled with smells of roast coffee as you work in the roaster to help with local sales.
Day 5: BACK IN THE FIELD
Enjoy one last day harvesting in the fields to soak in the scenery and the fruits of your labor. Return to town for a home-cooked lunch with a member of the cooperative. The rest of the day is yours to explore!
Day 6: COOK & BREW
Now it’s your turn to be the chef and barista. Learn how to prepare pepian, the national dish of Guatemala, with one of the families. After a full belly, you’ll participate in a brew methods and cupping demonstration in the afternoon. We’ll meet in Antigua for a farewell dinner.
Day 7: DEPART
Enjoy one last breakfast at the guest house before moving on to your own adventures!