Exploring the region of Fraijanes, Guatemala - Ally Coffee Merchants

Exploring the region of Fraijanes, Guatemala

Sep 30, 2014


The region of Fraijanes is located north of Lake Amatitlán in the mountains surrounding the Valley of Ermita where Guatemala City is located. Volcanic pumice soil, high altitudes, plenty of rain, and an active volcano characterize the region. Recent volcanic activity from El Volcán Pacaya has deposited ashes rich in minerals in this area; in addition, the soils of Fraijanes have high concentrations of potassium lending body to the cup, and making Fraijanes an ideal coffee-growing region. While the region is not as renowned as Antigua or Huehuetenango, it has a long history of coffee growers and award winning coffees. The Fraijanes coffees have major microclimate influence giving the coffee a uniquely balanced flavor profile. It is grown in high altitudes, ranging between 4,300-6,000 feet, with moderate temperatures year round 22 C (71.6°F) and a relative humidity of 70%. The harvest period in this area is from late December to early March. As in the majority of Guatemala, Fraijanes coffee is shade grown. Shade trees vary from farm to farm, the most prevalent being Inga, Gravilea, and fruit trees. The dry season has lots of sun in the area, and although fog and heavy dew are common at sunrise, they burn off rapidly allowing all Fraijanes coffee to be sun-dried. Along with Ally’s Direct Trade model, this year, we financed some microlots from Fraijanes grown by the Prentice family so they could promote it directly. Check out the availability under our ‘Coffees’ section.


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